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Australia Labor wants faster drought aid for farmers

04:07  09 august  2018
04:07  09 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Lifeline for farmers struggling with 'unprecedented' drought

  Lifeline for farmers struggling with 'unprecedented' drought The cost of transporting crucial feed for starving livestock will be subsidised by the NSW Government as the state’s farmers continue to struggle with an “unprecedented” drought. An additional $500 million in government financial assistance has been pledged for farmers.Transport costs will be subsidised significantly with a cash handout of up $20,000 a farming business. It will help to pay to move fodder, livestock and water. The payment will be backdated to January 1.Because there has been almost no rain, most of the state’s feed is being trucked in from South Australia or Victoria at a substantial cost to farmers.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has called on the government to speed up the rollout of a drought assistance package for farmers .

Labor wants faster drought aid for farmers . Labor leader Bill Shorten has called on the government to speed up the rollout of a drought assistance package for farmers . Labor has called on the federal government to deliver its cash support payments to drought -stricken farmers faster .

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Labor has called on the federal government to deliver its cash support payments to drought-stricken farmers faster.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Sunday up to $12,000 for eligible households spread across two payments on September 1 and March 1.

But with a dry spring and summer forecast, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten believes farmers should have the option of bringing the entire payment forward to next month.

‘Disaster’ looming as grain, red meat stocks dwindle in drought

  ‘Disaster’ looming as grain, red meat stocks dwindle in drought National Farmers Federation CEO Tony Mahar has warned that Australia will be "bordering on disaster" if the drought does not break in the coming months. Farmers in New South Wales, Queensland, and parts of Victoria are in the grip of a drought that is one of the worst on record."It's really looking bleak," Mr Mahar told A Current Affair. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd National Farmers Federation CEO Tony Mahar. He said without rain, farmers would continue to struggle to feed their livestock, and that the country was "getting to the bottom" of its existing stocks of hay.

There's a labor drought , too. A shortage of workers willing and able to do farm labor is forcing some big changes on California's agricultural sector. On his farm in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, Tom Deardorff has increased wages to attract workers for the jobs that require manual labor , and he's

Labor wants faster drought aid for farmers . The Turnbull government has promised farmers in drought -stricken communities of outback Queensland and NSW further government relief in addition to financial assistance already available.

"We support this package but it needs to be rolled out faster - farmers need immediate financial support," Mr Shorten said.

The lump sum payments are on top of the Farm Household Allowance, which totals about $16,000 a year.

But the allowance's application process has been criticised, with the government urging about 19,000 potentially eligible farmers to speak to rural financial counsellors.

Bill Shorten is visiting drought-affected parts of Queensland and NSW. © AAP Image/Erik Anderson Bill Shorten is visiting drought-affected parts of Queensland and NSW. Mr Shorten said he was deeply concerned government cuts to Centrelink would cause delays in processing applications.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the entire state of NSW is affected by drought, as is 57 per cent of Queensland.

Federal government announces drought aid

  Federal government announces drought aid The federal government will announce a $190 million drought assistance package to help farmers affected by the biggest dry in the past century.Farmers will receive immediate additional financial support to help them and their communities fight one of the worst droughts of the past century.

The opposition Labor party has criticized the aid as long overdue and said the government should also be focusing more on climate change and its consequences to find ways of coping with droughts in the long term. Several fundraising campaigns have sprung up around the country to try and help farmers

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There are severe rain deficiencies in Victoria and South Australia.

Mr Shorten will kick off a tour of some of the worst-affected areas of Queensland on Thursday, alongside his wife Chloe and the opposition's agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon.

Labor also plans to implement a $20 million regional economic development fund which invests in projects to stimulate country economies.

"The regions have a bright future and Labor wants to ensure they have all the help they need to get back on track," Mr Shorten said.

The Labor leader will travel to Longreach and Barcaldine on Thursday before going to Emerald in Queensland's Central Highlands on Friday.

Visit Drought SOS: For more news, information and how to help Australian farmers.

Pictures: The Wider Image: Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms

The Wider Image: Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms: A lone tree stands near a water trough in a drought-effected paddock on Jimmie and May McKeown's property located on the outskirts of town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. From ground level, Australia's drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of colour and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms

Massive hay convoy bound for NSW drought .
More than 60 trucks will make their way across the Nullarbor to deliver another 2600 bales of hay to NSW and Queensland farmers struggling in severe drought. A convoy of more than 60 trucks will travel across the Nullarbor from Western Australia to the drought-ravaged farming regions of NSW and Queensland.Rural Aid has bought $600,000 worth of hay bales, roughly 2600, from across WA to assist farmers struggling to feed their animals.The organisation has already distributed more than 6000 bales to farmers in the past six months, according to chief executive Charles Alder.

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