Keenan hits back over Debbie fund claims

July 17, 2017

Queensland has complained about the lack of federal funding for cyclone Debbie-affected communities.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan has compared Queensland's Labor government to a "student union" as a debate over natural disaster relief funding after Cyclone Debbie intensifies.

The Palaszczuk government attacked the federal government over the weekend about a lack of federal funding for communities affected by the devastating tropical cyclone that struck in March this year.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Commonwealth's decision to contribute just $29.3 million of the $110 million sought by Queensland in disaster recovery funding was "mean spirited" and a "slap in the face".

But Mr Keenan hit back on Monday saying the federal government has more difficulty dealing with the Queensland government than any other state.

He said an application for relief funding from the minority Labor government hadn't given enough information about the damage sustained.

"Dealing with this government is just like dealing with a student union," Mr Keenan said on the Gold Coast.

"We don't have to deal with this sort of silliness with any other government around Australia."

Mr Keenan said federal disaster assistance wasn't a "slush fund" for building new infrastructure but was designed to assist with the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in collaboration with state governments.

"It's quite frustrating, because they really do behave in the most childlike manner, all they're interested in doing is scoring a political point as opposed to actually working together to build communities that have been affected by disaster."

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