Australia announces extra $140 mln aid package for…

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

Joyce, whose NSW electorate of New England has been badly affected by drought, believes reducing emissions in Australia won't change the climate.

Under the emergency package, changes will be made to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) where couples in a household could receive up to $12,000 in two lump sum payments in addition to the current allowance, while single households could receive up to $7,200 in two lump sum payments.

Malcolm Turnbull during a tour of drought-stricken towns in regional NSW and Queensland.

Yet again, the Prime Minister has disappointed us.

Graingrowers Limited chairman John Eastburn, who farms at Baradine in central NSW, said the meagre rainfall wouldn't do anything for farmers. It appears we're going into a dry Spring and a tough Summer.

"Little falls like this, it just settles the dust and that's about it for an hour".

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"You put the food on our tables, the fiber that goes on our backs, and we have your back", he told reporters at a farm in the eastern state of New South Wales (NSW), 99 percent of which is officially in drought.

The Government this morning also committed to investing an extra $5 million in the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which will provide additional support for farmers - particularly those applying for the FHA for the first time; and$11.4 million in mental health support initiatives including additional funding for Primary Health Networks in drought affected areas to cope with increased demand.

Some parts of Queensland have been in drought for seven years.

Mr Turnbull said the the commonwealth would work with local governments to look at trucking in water to communities if the situation worsened.

"(But) we haven't got the same urban or town water shortage challenges we had in the millennium drought", he told the ABC.

"This will help farmers, who may be notionally asset rich but cash poor, access additional support without having to jeopardise the income-producing capacity of their farm by selling farm equipment", the government's statement said.

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