Campbell Newman staying mum on Qld's flood liabilities

Flooding in Ipswich in 2011.
Flooding in Ipswich in 2011. Rob Williams

PREMIER Campbell Newman refused to be drawn into how exposed the Queensland Government was in relation to the pending class action surrounding the 2011 floods.

Thousands of Ipswich and Brisbane residents whose homes and businesses were impacted by the 2011 floods have been given the green light to sign up to a far-reaching class action claim.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn claims extensive modelling of the disaster reveals unnecessary flooding was caused by the negligent operation of Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams.

Mr Newman told Brisbane radio listeners on Thursday he could no longer comment on the matter as it was before the courts.

"I would not want to say anything that would compromise any matter associated with this case," he said.

"We all know how terrible the flood was and our hearts collectively go out to people who have suffered a lot of damage, a lot of stress and in some cases, lives that have been really, really shattered.

"I am obviously really sympathetic to anybody who suffered damage."

Mr Newman took the opportunity to once again urge those who were thinking of signing up with the law firm to ensure they read the fine print before putting pen to paper.

"All I can really say is that I hope that the people participating in the class action have got a good deal with the legal firm or firms that are representing them," he said.

"I would hate to see hypothetically, if people got some sort of compensation payout, I would hate the lawyers to take half of it.

"I am afraid, that would be my concern.

"That is about all I can really say, but they are entitled in our democratic system to take that action."

So far, 5000 people have signed up, with claims against the Queensland Government, Sunwater and Seqwater totalling more than $1 billion.

Flood-affected residents have until February 28, 2014, to sign up.

Meetings for registrants will be held on Sunday, December 15, at The Greek Club, South Brisbane, from 1pm, and on Monday, December 16, at the Metro Hotel International, Ipswich, from 7pm

Topics:  campbell newman class action litigation maurice blackburn lawyers

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