Coalition says it will pay up for floods - eventually
THE Coalition says it will support our community when disaster strikes, despite its decision to withhold more than $1.3 billion in Queensland recovery payments.
A Coalition spokesperson said the Federal Government would "always have a role in supporting those affected by natural disasters".
The spokesperson said the delay in issuing the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement payments was because it needed to ensure all of the state’s claims met reimbursement criteria.
"The NDRRA recovery money is still budgeted for - we have placed the funds over the next two financial years to ensure the funds are still available to Queensland," the spokesperson told ARM Newsdesk.
"But we need to ensure the claims are eligible before they can be reimbursed."
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said auditing was not the issue as Senate Estimates officials had told the ALP that even if eligibility concerns were resolved quickly "the money would still be withheld".
"Malcolm Turnbull cannot ask for the votes of the people of Queensland while denying them $1 billion of the money they are owed for vital disaster relief and reconstruction work," Mr Dreyfus said.
"If elected, a Labor government would look at options to fix this mess as soon as possible."