The water hasn't finished receding and the clean-up has barely begun, but the blame game has already started. Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is calling for an "open and transparent inquiry", run by the state, into the floods along the lines of the 2009 Victorian bushfires royal commission. The premier's office declined comment, but said it supported a "formal evaluation" of the floods once the crisis phase is over.

We need an in-depth inquiry into these floods to learn where we went wrong, declares Hedley Thomas in The Australian.