“Deplorable, disgusting”: Nationals MP unleashes over PM’s flood response

A state Nationals MP has slammed the federal government’s response to the floods across northern New South Wales, admitting he’s not sure he could vote for Scott Morrison.

The massive cleanup effort is continuing across the northern rivers following the flood disaster but thousands of residents are still waiting for extra assistance.

Several areas including the Tweed were excluded from extra Commonwealth disaster payments announced by the Prime Minister last week.


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The region is also still waiting for the federal government to sign off on a new flood relief package.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest says the anger across the region is enormous.

“I just think the federal government has messed this up, I can put it no other way that they’ve lost the faith of the people,” Mr Provest told the ABC.

“I can tell you whether I’m down in caravan park or one of the little villages, there’s a real venom out there directed at the Prime Minister that he doesn’t understand whats occurred on the ground.”

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest at Fingal Heads

Tweed MP Geoff Provest. PHOTO: Cam Jackson / myGC.com.au

The Prime Minister visited Lismore last week where he announced extra Commonwealth disaster payments for affected residents in Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Clarence Valley.

But there was nothing for other affected shires such as the Tweed, Ballina or Byron.

Mr Provest says he remains hopeful payments will be expanded to other areas but warns people are getting desperate.

“What it’s actually doing is hurting the people that can least afford it, to rebuild their lives and we just hope to be included like all Australians and to be excluded like this… is deplorable, disgusting and I’m really disgusted with the Prime Minister and his office for the way he’s handling this.”

Asked if the Prime Minister’s response to the floods could cost him his job, Mr Provest did not mince his words.

“I’d even go out on a limb to say that I would struggle to vote for him because what I’ve seen is a failure of the federal government to listen and more importantly to deliver.”

His comments come after NSW Liberal Upper House MP Catherine Cusack announced she was quitting state politics over the “unethical” allocation of disaster payments.