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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

29 January 2013

Interview with Labby, Stav & Abby

B105FM

SUBJECTS: Queensland Floods and Storms; Federal Assistance

PRESENTER:

Hey we're going to go to Wayne Swan. He is on location over at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. G'day Swanny, how are you?

TREASURER:

Good morning.

PRESENTER:

We've heard about the bottle shop in Jimboomba which is a tragedy. Hey mate, you're up on Kangaroo Point Cliffs this morning. How's the river looking out there?

TREASURER:

Well it's not as bad as it actually was yesterday. It was up over the boardwalk yesterday and it's a bit below it now. I know the river is meant to rise a bit more, but it may be that it's doing much better than expected. I certainly know out at Ipswich overnight it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. For example, all that Goodna area, they expected it to go under and it didn't - so we've had a miracle there. There's a lot of battlers out there who have been under before so I think they'll be pretty happy. But unfortunately, in the Ipswich Central area, I think there's been something like 350 properties which have been flooded.

PRESENTER:

I saw you filling sandbags yesterday. Where did you go to?

TREASURER:

Well, yesterday I was out in Goodna and I also went down to my own area in Sandgate. I don't know if you're familiar with Sandgate, but of course it tends to flood a fair bit down there, and the waters around Clayton Street and Ninth Avenue that was turned into basically into a canal. So, localised flooding down there under the houses. But other flooding out at Ipswich, and of course the prospect of it out at Goodna, was extremely serious for those people who had been completely flooded only two years ago.

PRESENTER:

Now, we were reading, and I know it's not the first thing you're thinking about at the moment, but as the Treasurer people are going to be asking you about the current wave of natural disasters - it is going to have an impact on the Federal Budget?

TREASURER:

Yeah, look, it will have an impact. But you know, as we're going about the evacuation, as we're going through the rescues, as we are up in Bundaberg at the moment - we've got a C-130 going in there to evacuate the patients from the hospital - our focus is really on that. When the waters recede, that will be the time to have a look and scope all of the damage and work out what it means in terms of numbers. But at the moment what we're dealing with is assisting people, saving property, saving lives and that's the main focus at the moment.

PRESENTER:

Alright. We'll leave it there. Wayne Swan, thanks for your time mate.