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Australia to give millions in aid to drought-hit farmers
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gordo
2018-08-05 18:19:30 UTC
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The Australian government has announced an aid package of millions for
farmers struggling amid a prolonged dry spell. Meteorologists say the
already devastating drought could worsen further in the coming months.
Current heat waves are linked to climate change, scientists confirm

https://www.dw.com/en/australia-to-give-millions-in-aid-to-drought-hit-farmers/a-44957371


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Australia to give millions in aid to drought-hit farmers

The Australian government has announced an aid package of millions for
farmers struggling amid a prolonged dry spell. Meteorologists say the
already devastating drought could worsen further in the coming months.

Cows standing around a tree on red, dry soil (Reuters/D. Gray)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday announced a A$190
million (€121 million, $140.6 million) aid package for farmers
battling dry conditions in what the government called "one of the
worst droughts of the past century."

"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.

He described the situation of some farmers as "shocking," "diabolical"
and "tragic."

Read more: No immediate federal help for drought-hit German farmers,
agriculture minister says
Picture of a water trough in the middle of a dry paddock (Reuters/D.
Gray)

Australia is already the world's driest inhabited continent



Mental health problems

Some 20,000 farming households will be eligible for lump payments of
A$12,000 under the assistance scheme. Farmers whose incomes have been
cut drastically by the drought conditions can already receive some
A$16,000 a year in unemployment benefits.

The package will also include extra funding for mental health
initiatives, with Australian farmers being at a significantly higher
risk of depression and suicide than urban dwellers.

In all, the Australian government will now have provided some A$576
million in drought relief. The NSW government has also given more than
A$1 billion in assistance.

Read more: Current heat waves are linked to climate change, scientists
confirm

Climate change consequences

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 buy food for their livestock.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecast still drier
conditions and says there is no end in sight to the drought.

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R Kym Horsell
2018-08-05 22:23:22 UTC
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Post by gordo
The Australian government has announced an aid package of millions for
farmers struggling amid a prolonged dry spell. Meteorologists say the
already devastating drought could worsen further in the coming months.
Current heat waves are linked to climate change, scientists confirm
https://www.dw.com/en/australia-to-give-millions-in-aid-to-drought-hit-farmers/a-44957371
...

It's only been 7years.
A couple wks back the fed govt received a rebuke in a "Super Saturay"
election where 5 fed seats were up for grabs after a slew of
parliamnetarians were found to be foreign citizens.
In one of the Qld semi-rural seats the govt rec'd less than 1/3 of the
vote where they were expecting to do much better, maybe even take back
the seat help by the Aus Labor (sic) Party on a thin majority at the
last fed elections 4 y back.
Ended up the govt took back none of the 5 seats and 4 out of the 5
saw gains for the opposition around 5%.
So -- nachly -- they at first denied anything was wrong. It was
all normal, they said.
Back in the back rooms there was some worry and they started thrashing around
for ideas to win some votes back given the next fed election can be no later
than mid 2019.
The first thing was to remove 10% tax on tampons. This has been a bone
of contention of 15 years since it was introduced under a previous
conservative govt. The 10% goods and sales tax applies to female products
because they are judged to be "luxury goods". OTOH condoms and sexual
lubricants are judged to be "medical necessities".
So the govt has always had a problem with attracting female voters and
the tampon tax was on the chopping block.
Next step was to look around at their rural base.
The Big Drought has been going in some parts 7y. Mostly in Qld and NSW
it's been 5y.
This year rainfall has been down to 30% as I've posted from time to time.
In a country with an average rainfall of just 10" (250 mm) losing 1/3
of it is not a Good Thing (tm).
So after yakking for years that "Australia has always been a country of
drought and flooding rains" the PM finally announced $190 mn in aid
to farmers who have been losing their farms to the local rapacious and
incompetent banks for at least the last 5y.
But the 190 mn will not go very far. I think a farm operated by a
married couple only attracts assistance to the tune of a $9k cash payment.
With a single load of fodder presently going for $20k obviously this is
not going to get any farm business out of a hole.
PM Turnbull this week keeps saying "worst drought on record",
"we are with you", and "more help is on the way" but out of the
side of his mouth keeps coming "Australia has always been a country of
drought &ct and farmers know that".
Bret Cahill
2018-08-05 23:53:56 UTC
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Post by R Kym Horsell
Post by gordo
The Australian government has announced an aid package of millions for
farmers struggling amid a prolonged dry spell. Meteorologists say the
already devastating drought could worsen further in the coming months.
Current heat waves are linked to climate change, scientists confirm
https://www.dw.com/en/australia-to-give-millions-in-aid-to-drought-hit-farmers/a-44957371
...
It's only been 7years.
A couple wks back the fed govt received a rebuke in a "Super Saturay"
election where 5 fed seats were up for grabs after a slew of
parliamnetarians were found to be foreign citizens.
In one of the Qld semi-rural seats the govt rec'd less than 1/3 of the
vote where they were expecting to do much better, maybe even take back
the seat help by the Aus Labor (sic) Party on a thin majority at the
last fed elections 4 y back.
Ended up the govt took back none of the 5 seats and 4 out of the 5
saw gains for the opposition around 5%.
So -- nachly -- they at first denied anything was wrong. It was
all normal, they said.
Back in the back rooms there was some worry and they started thrashing around
for ideas to win some votes back given the next fed election can be no later
than mid 2019.
The first thing was to remove 10% tax on tampons. This has been a bone
of contention of 15 years since it was introduced under a previous
conservative govt. The 10% goods and sales tax applies to female products
because they are judged to be "luxury goods". OTOH condoms and sexual
lubricants are judged to be "medical necessities".
So the govt has always had a problem with attracting female voters and
the tampon tax was on the chopping block.
Next step was to look around at their rural base.
The Big Drought has been going in some parts 7y. Mostly in Qld and NSW
it's been 5y.
This year rainfall has been down to 30% as I've posted from time to time.
In a country with an average rainfall of just 10" (250 mm) losing 1/3
of it is not a Good Thing (tm).
So after yakking for years that "Australia has always been a country of
drought and flooding rains" the PM finally announced $190 mn in aid
to farmers who have been losing their farms to the local rapacious and
incompetent banks for at least the last 5y.
But the 190 mn will not go very far. I think a farm operated by a
married couple only attracts assistance to the tune of a $9k cash payment.
With a single load of fodder presently going for $20k obviously this is
not going to get any farm business out of a hole.
PM Turnbull this week keeps saying "worst drought on record",
"we are with you", and "more help is on the way" but out of the
side of his mouth keeps coming "Australia has always been a country of
drought &ct and farmers know that".
It'd take me about 0.3 seconds to adapt to Aussie politics, must longer for surfing Shipstern where they manage to get serious air time with no control surfaces in the water:



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