Australia'Holding on by the skin of our teeth’

04:35  24 may  2019
04:35  24 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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The team held on by the skin of their teeth to win the crucial match. We escaped the raging rioters by the skin of our teeth . Origin: This phrase first appeared in English in 1560 in the Geneva Bible, in Job 19:20.

Skin of my teeth (Hebrew: ע֣וֹר שִׁנָּֽי‎ ‘ō-wr šin-nāy) is a phrase from the Bible. In Job 19:20, the King James Version of the Bible says, "My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth ."

'Holding on by the skin of our teeth’© Supplied Laura Jones (left) and her family are among hundreds of Australian farming families battling a once in a century drought. When rain drenched the Jones family farm in March this year it took less than 12 hours for the property to return to its dust bowl state.

It was early one Friday morning when the deluge hit the family’s land in Goolhi in New South Wales. The rainfall was enough to fill the creeks and partially flood some roads, yet by lunchtime, the land was again dry.

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“All the water in the creek is nearly all dry again,” Laura Jones told nine.com.au.

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The Skin of Our Teeth is a 1959 Australian television play based on the play by Thorton Wilder. It starred John Ewart. Australian TV drama was relatively rare at the time. The story of life on Earth as lived by Mr and Mrs Antrobus, and their two children - and their maid, Sabina. John Ewart as Henry.

Teeth don't have skin , of course, so the writer may have been alluding to the teeth 's surface or simply to a notional minute measure - something that might now be referred to, with less poetic imagery than the biblical version, as 'as small as the hairs on a gnat's bollock'.

“It rained through like a freight train filling up all the water in the creek as it goes past and then stopped. Then the water sitting in the creek bed was dry and soaked right in.”

Mrs Jones, her husband, Les, and their teenage daughter, Lillie, are among the hundreds of families continuing to do it tough through Australia’s once-in-a-century droughts.

The Joneses made a national stir in late July last year as the farmers who were on the brink of shooting dead 1200 of their starving sheep. They very quickly became known in the media as “The Faces of the Drought”.

More than 10 months on, Mrs Jones said she and her family are still “holding on by the skin of our teeth”. For the family, the need for rain is proving even more desperate as the date August 1 fast approaches. It is on this date when government financial subsidies, such as Centrelink and Newstart Allowance, are also likely to dry up for the family.

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What does by the skin of (one's) teeth expression mean? However, Thornton Wilder used it as the title of a play, The Skin of Our Teeth , an allegory of how mankind survives that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1943. That is to say, Job's gums, the skin that held his teeth in place, which would

Mercy of the banks

“If nothing happens between now and after the August 1 we’ll have to sell what’s left of our stock and hope and pray that next year brings in something… if not we hand our keys over to the bank,” she said.

“I really want to hide and crawl under a rock before August 1. I’ve got most of the money squirrelled away for the bank interest but I don’t have all of it. I may have it by the August 1 but I don’t know. But if I don’t then we’ll negotiate with the bank.”

She said the financial pressure of the drought has left her family feeling the pressure to borrow beyond their means to survive. They are also concerned possible changes in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet following the federal election could cause further delays for farmers.

“There’s nothing else we can do than be at the mercy of the banks,” she said.

“Yes, the government are doing their bit. But again, it’s borrowing. It might be $50,000 loans over a time frame however it’s still classified as borrowing.”

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The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) is a play by Thornton Wilder, originally starring Tallulah Bankhead and Fredric March. In the midst of life we are in the midst of death. Inscribed on the wall. We're all human; who isn't? Sabina.

She said while financial councillors organised by the federal government has helped mediate discussions between farmers and bank managers, “no one can tell us how long this drought is going to go for”.

“If we can’t pay back what we’ve got... extra money is going to continue to drown us,” she said.

Another concern for the family is the longevity of local farming charity Aussie Helpers. The charity has offered much needed feed supplements and morale support during the difficult months.

'Holding on by the skin of our teeth’© Supplied Les and Laura Jones (centre right) with Aussie Helpers founder Brian Egan (right)

Earlier this month Aussie Helpers informed its supporters that its founder Brian Egan had been rushed to hospital with a serious illness. They did not disclose the illness.

Farming charity concerns

“I’ve been told Brian is exhausted. It’s just like last time, he’s working too much. He’s never off his phone. His family are trying to take his phone away,” Mrs Jones said.

She said there is a worry that if Mr Egan were to get too sick, or worse, the charity also wouldn’t survive.

Nine.com.au has contacted Aussie Helpers for comment on Mr Egan’s health.

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Aussie Helpers, along with fellow farming charity, Rural Aid, have been under investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) since November last year. A commission spokesperson said they are unable to comment on the status of the investigation.

“Due to the secrecy provisions in the ACNC Act, we are only able to provide further comment if certain compliance action is taken against a charity – this may include issuing a warning or direction, suspending or removing board members, or revoking an organisation’s charity status,” they said.

“The length of an ACNC investigation is determined by a number of factors, including the complexity of the issue and the charity’s willingness to cooperate.”

The drought has wiped out much of the family’s livestock, leaving them with just 50 cows and calves, about 150 goats 600 sheep. For almost an entire year, the family have been working to keep them alive - feeding stock by hand. Mrs Jones admits it “hasn’t been easy”.

'Holding on by the skin of our teeth’© AAP/supplied Aussie Helpers, along with fellow farming charity, Rural Aid, have been under investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) since November last year.

Health scare

“The husband wants to let go about 30 sheep that continue to lose their wool because of the drought. They are the next to go off the block in the next week or two,” she said.

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As well as concern for their livelihood, the drought has led to health scares for their 16-year-old daughter.

In October last year the Joneses learned Lillie had contracted Q fever.

According to a NSW Health fact sheet, Q fever is a chronic bacterial infection which can cause a severe flu-like illness that can affect an individual’s health and ability to work for many years. If not treated in time, Q fever can kill by attacking the central organs of the body including the lining of the heart. The bacteria are spread from animals, mainly cattle, sheep and goats.

After blood tests revealed Lillie’s shock diagnosis the family’s doctor prescribed the teen with a strong antibiotic. It was expected to fight the infection and hopefully be killed off. However, Lillie had a reaction to the antibiotics that caused her to be covered in raised red welts.

“In most cases, particularly in Lillie’s case, the virus has died with the antibiotics,” she said.

“However, the virus germs or anti bodies is still in her bloodstream. That’s why the high levels of Q fever are still up there. How long we have to wait until the Q fever antibodies out finally out we don’t know.”

Contact reporter Kate Kachor at kkachor@nine.com.au.

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