Australia Labor wants faster drought aid for farmers

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

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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.

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland will cut import tariffs on animal feed and offer interest-free loans to help farmers deal with a heat wave and drought , the federal “The greatest difficulty for farmers concerned is the maintenance of liquidity and the general improvement of the operating situation.

ZURICH, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Switzerland will cut import tariffs on animal feed and offer interest-free loans to help farmers deal with a heat wave and drought , the federal “The greatest difficulty for farmers concerned is the maintenance of liquidity and the general improvement of the operating situation.

"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.

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland will cut import tariffs on animal feed and offer interest-free loans to help farmers deal with a heat wave and drought , the federal “The greatest difficulty for farmers concerned is the maintenance of liquidity and the general improvement of the operating situation.

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

Drought relief convoy of trucks carrying hay leaves WA bound for stricken NSW farmers .
A convoy of about 20 road trains laden with 2,000 bales of hay is en route from outback Western Australia to drought-stricken New South Wales.The massive cross-country aid effort, organised by the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) charity, includes 1,000 tonnes of hay worth $500,000 — which is enough to feed 1,000 cows or 20,000 sheep for a fortnight.

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