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Wilkie to support flood levy

INDEPENDENT MP Andrew Wilkie says he will support the federal government's proposed flood levy.

Mr Wilkie told reporters in Hobart the government had agreed to his proposals on the solar flagships program and an education program that were flagged for budget cuts.

"In my opinion we need to get on now ... and do the rebuilding," he said.

Earlier Mr Wilkie had told Campus Review he would withhold his support of the levy unless it reversed its recent decision to axe the Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC). Read more on Campus Review.

He urged independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who holds the remaining vote the government needs to pass the levy in parliament, to get on board.

Mr Wilkie said he had successfully negotiated with the government to restore $50 million, out of a proposed $88 million cut, to a program to reward teachers.

He said some of the proposed budget cuts had been "reckless".

"What we are seeing here are the benefits of a minority government ... making sure the ideas are good ideas and amend areas that are in need of improvement," he said.


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