The most powerful bureaucrats in Australia have been wargaming to prepare the country for "national-scale systemic climate risks" that could impact "the full spectrum of human activity" and are already "overwhelming" the country's ability to respond. Key points: The Secretaries Group on Climate Risk includes some of the country's most senior military figures and the heads of the Federal Government's biggest departments The minutes from the group's meetings noted extreme weather was already "overwhelming" the country's ability to respond to climatic events The group also considered legal risks that climate change could pose for the Government The ABC can reveal a group called "the Secretaries Group on Climate Risk" began meeting in March 2017. It includes some of the country's most senior military figures as well as the heads of the federal government's biggest departments. The group has not been formally disbanded, but fell into dormancy. But before that, the group warned the government it was widely seen as trailing the private sector in addressing the impacts of climate change. The group conducted a set of exercises called "Project Climate Ready", in which the government chiefs wargamed future scenarios that it is expected could occur because of climate change. ..... The minutes from the meetings noted extreme weather was already "overwhelming" the country's ability to respond to climatic events. As examples, they noted: The Melbourne asthma storm, in which 10 people died. The South Australian blackout, which resulted in the entire state being plunged into darkness. The "convergence of floods and bushfires in Tasmania". From the ABC news this morning. The government needs to lift its act.