Prime Minister announces new support package for drought-stricken communities


The Prime Minister has urged farmers not to be too proud to ask for help. He’s announced a new support package for drought-hit communities across four states. But critics say, it’s too little, too late.

Stella Reeve reports.

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Australia’s drought-ravaged regions are a far cry from the United Nations.

But Mr Morrison made a beeline there to fulfil a promise, re-connecting with bush communities and to announce a $100 million spending package.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister: “Just over 40% of that will actually be spent in this financial year.”

Here’s where the money will go.

One third will revive the Drought Community Support Initiative, which gives money to charities aiding farmers.

Farm families will be eligible for up to $3,000 to pay for food and bills.

Thirteen regional councils, including three in Queensland, will receive $1 million each to help regenerate their local economies.

Dalby and the Western Downs faces one of the worst droughts on record.

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison: “More money in the pockets of farmers um right across the country as they continue to deal with what in Queensland has been seven years of drought.”

The Opposition Leader says the Government’s been caught out.

Anthony Albanese, Opposition Leader: “It’s not like the drought has just happened, it has been here for years under this government’s watch.”

The funding extends the already $7 billion set aside for drought relief.

Stella Reeve, QUT News.