Federal and state government squabbling over who would pay the paltry $20M bill prevented the introduction of a national telephone based early warning system in 2007.
The solution was successfully tested by Telstra in Victoria in conjunction with the SES.
They could have run a telethon on Channel 9 and paid for it in one night.
Update: According to Telstra the early warning system could be up and running within weeks. All too late to save any lives in Victoria. Meanwhile, our Premier is hesitant, wanting more testing. He seems unconvinced. Maybe the one dollar cost per person in Australia is worrying him. Who knows.
Early warning system is ready to go