|Title||Reviewing high-risk and high-consequence decisions: finding a safer way|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Eburn, M, Dovers, S|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Emergency Management|
This paper critiques the adversarial processes used in inquiries following significant natural hazard events, in particular bushfires. Shortcomings identified with current practices suggest post-event inquiries should adopt restorative practices rather than traditional adversarial procedures. Restorative justice is a concept established in the area of criminal law. It is argued that the use of restorative practices could assist in formulating inquiries that would assist all parties to collectively resolve how to deal with a aftermath of the disaster and deal with its implications for the future. Restorative practices would enable a focus on both short- and long-term recovery.