MP objects to flood levy

The Federal Government’s proposed $1.8 billion one-year levy for middle and high income earners to help with flood recovery is ‘just another unnecessary Labor government tax’ according to Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.

The Nationals’ Mr Hartsuyker said while he agreed the Government should assist with the rebuilding of flood-ravaged infrastructure in Queensland and Victoria, the plan could be financed through re-prioritisation.

“The Government is already introducing two new taxes, on carbon and on mining, this is just another one,” he said.

Based on what he said was the Government’s track record of financial mismanagement, Mr Hartsuyker said the public had every reason to question if this money would be spent wisely.

He asked whether people on the Mid North Coast denied government assistance during the devastating March 31 flood of 2009 would be exempt from the levy.

“It’s a question of equity. These people got no payment then, so they should be exempted now.”

He said he would be deeply concerned if Budget cuts affected the Pacific Highway upgrade.

“That upgrade is the number one infrastructure project in Australia,” he said.



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