Julia Gillard: 'Our emergency workers are our finest and bravest'

The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has issued a statement regarding the flooding in Queensland.

The thoughts of the nation are today with the people of Queensland who are battling a new round of natural disasters.

For many Queenslanders, the memories of the floods of two summers ago are still fresh.

I pay tribute to our emergency service workers who are among our finest and bravest. Across the nation, they have been tested by bushfires that are still raging across several other states. Now in Queensland, they are being tested by the ferocity of the wind and rain.

– Julia Gillard

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Four dead in Australia floods

Torrential rain has flooded several towns in eastern Australia, killing four people.