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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3496

Mr HARTSUYKER (3:43 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Following the recent disaster recovery payments made to residents of Queensland affected by flooding, why has the Prime Minister not acted decisively to provide similar cash payments to victims of recent flooding on the New South Wales North Coast? Has the Prime Minister broken his promise to the Australian people that he will govern for all Australians?

Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) —I thank the honourable member for Cowper for his question. On the matter that he raises concerning flooding in northern New South Wales, the government is universal in its approach to providing proper assistance when all the criteria have been met. On the matter which the honourable member has raised, I will examine it further and I will come back to him in due course.