My question, to the Emergency Services Minister, is about official notifications sent during emergency situations – including for the disastrous recent bushfires in Northern Victoria.
Typically, residents in and around the emergency areas are now sent a brief text message (or messages) alerting them to a general situation – but then, in each SMS, they are provided a URL containing more specific official advice that has been issued.
However, for my constituents and indeed others in regional areas, internet access is often unreliable at the best of times.  Let alone in these situations, where power and phone coverage is often severely hampered.  Being able to successfully click through to the URL is accordingly, in some cases, simply impossible.
I therefore ask: why is far more comprehensive, meaningful information not included, in the first instance, in the text message?