In­de­pen­dent flood vote

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment could have to wait un­til the end of the month to find out whether its $ 1.8 bil­lion flood levy will pass par­lia­ment. The mea­sure has passed through the lower house but needs the sup­port of in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Nick Xenophon in the up­per house. Sen­a­tor Xenophon is yet to in­di­cate which way he will vote, but says he wants the com­mon­wealth to pres­sure states and ter­ri­to­ries to in­sure against nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. He is also in­sist­ing there be a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into the is­sue, which would push a fi­nal vote through to the next sitting of par­lia­ment.

Nick Xenophon

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