Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nationals MP Says He Will Back Levy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nationals MP Says He Will Back Levy

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Byline: Paul Osborne and Ed Logue of AAP

THE government moved a step closer to getting its controversial flood recovery levy passed yesterday when a key cross-bench MP said he will support it.

C[pounds sterling]I am satisfied that the government's response is adequate and responsible,C[yen] WA Nationals MP Tony Crook said.

The levy will raise $1.8 billion to rebuild roads, rail lines and bridges.

Mr Crook said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had assured him flood-affected residents of Gascoyne in Western Australia would be able to seek exemptions from the levy, and that WA projects would not be delayed.

Ms Gillard is in talks with other independent MPs and the Greens, which will continue next week when parliament resumes.

Ms Gillard said she had not given any thought to whether the levy should be extended to cover the potential damage from Cyclone Yasi.

Ms Gillard met with Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie in Melbourne on Tuesday night. …

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