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Government stoush freezes flood funds

By Melinda Howells, Thursday April 18, 2013 - 18:19 EST

The State and Federal Governments are bickering over flood recovery funding.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls says the state cannot access $725 million that has been put aside to reimburse the cost of repair works.

Mr Nicholls says the conditions attached to the funding have changed.

"They changed the audit requirements, for example, to require pre-flood photos of roadworks that have been repaired and fixed up," he said.

"Now not every council had a photo of every culvert, flood or drain that needed repair works.

"It is quite simply a matter of putting process over people at the moment and that's what the Federal Government is doing."

A spokesman for Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan denies the Commonwealth is withholding funds.

He says the Queensland auditor-general needs to sign off on the repair work before the money can be released.


© ABC 2013

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