Clarence MP Critical of Flood Levy

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The member for Clarence Steve Cansdell says the federal government is ‘playing with people’s emotions’, by proposing a flood levy.

The government wants to raise $1.8 billion dollars by imposing a levy on high and middle income earners over the next financial year

Mr Cansdell says the decision is premature, and instead, the roll-out of the National Broadband Network should be put on hold for a year.

He says the levy is just another tax, and the government is proposing it at a time when people are vulnerable.

“My concern is that really, it’s just another tax,” he said.

“We’ve got a flood tax, we’ve been talking about a carbon tax.

“We’ve got our electricity bills sky rocketing, going through the roof.

“Because of the floods, the food prices are sky-high and I just think at this stage it’s really not necessary.

“Personally I believe the federal government is virtually playing on people’s emotions.”

Mr Cansdell says the flood emergency needs to be dealt with before the NBN, to get the country back on track.

“It is an emergency, as in an immediate emergency,” he said.

“Why even the NBN can’t just be delayed or ever phased in, instead of rushed in.

“And use $5 billion to $10 billion of that for the flood emergency, to rebuild Queensland and parts of Victoria as well, to get Australia back on track.”

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