Parliament was in full swing agains this week. There were some moving tributes to the flood, cyclone and fire victims including an emotional response from PM Julia Gillard.

The Federal Memeber for Blaire Shayne Neumann spoke about the devastation in the City of Ipswich and the Sommerset Regional Council.

"If you were to got to my electorate, you would think it was a war zone. There are people there who are living in caravans on river banks and creek banks, adn they look like they are traumatised - because they are. They have not started the clean-up - you would think that the flood waters had receded 12 hours previously," he said. (You can read his full speech here)

Federal Member for Cook Scott Morrison prayed: “As our nation grieves the great losses we have suffered may God bring hope and comfort to the devastated and broken hearted. May our spirits not be consumed by the fires that have taken our homes, our hearts not be overwhelmed by the waters that have inundated our land and our character continue to stand tall as the violent winds have battered our shores.” (His full speech is here)