LNP urges large Queensland flood damages payout
In response to the decision Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said it was too early to say whether the government would appeal the decision, as the the principal lawyer behind the suit urged the Queensland government, Seqwater and Sunwater to respect the ruling.
The decision had insurers weighing up its “commercial implications” because they paid out $1.5 billion to customers following the floods.
This could mean the insurers may also pursue those at fault for the damage caused to retrieve their losses.
Mr Mander said victims of the flood, who have waged a legal battle since 2014, had endured enough pain.
He said an appeals process could see the case drag on even longer.
“While these people have suffered enough – eight years of misery – we think the government should accept the umpire’s decision and get on with paying the compensation,” Mr Mander said.
Lawyers are yet to calculate the total damages bill.
Maurice Blackburn principal lawyer Rebecca Gilsenan, who helped fight the case, sasaidys it could total several hundreds of millions of dollars.
The case was adjourned to February so lawyers could look at the decision and translate the findings into financial damages.
AAP, with staff writers