Shorten tells PM to honour cyclone pledge
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of short- changing Queenslanders struggling to rebuild after Cyclone Debbie in favour of giving millionaires a tax cut.
Mr Shorten has written to the PM amid ongoing disagreement over Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements ( NDRRA) funding.
Queensland had applied for $ 220 million in funding, with the Commonwealth required to pay half.
But the federal government has accused the state of applying for ineligible projects and will only pay $ 29 million.
Mr Shorten has written to Mr Turnbull, accusing him of ignoring the Commonwealth’s responsibilities.
“It is also a stark reminder of the priorities of a government that maintains its commitment to a tax cut for big business and millionaires, while leaving disaster- affected parts of Queensland without the support they need to rebuild after Cyclone Debbie,” he wrote.
He said the suggestion Queensland was using the arrangements as an infrastructure “slush fund” was insulting.
“Queenslanders need support from their prime minister to get back on their feet, not cheap insults,” he said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.