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PostSubject: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 3:24 pm

Government hands out $210million a year in foreign aid for agriculture overseas - but can only afford to LOAN drought-hit Australians $44million (and they have to pay it back).

Taxpayers gave more money to Indonesian farmers than struggling Australian graziers in the most recent budget.

Australia handed out $4.2 billion in foreign aid in the May budget.

Of that, $209.7 million was spent on foreign aid for farmers in at least 26 countries, with $45.4 million going to Indonesian farmers as drought-stricken Australian farmers were allocated just $43.8 million in concessional loans.

During the past five years, Australia has spent $21 billion on Official Development Assistance as it allocated less than $400 million on federal drought assistance programs for local farmers.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also gave $24.5 million to Cambodian farmers in the 2018/19 budget as it also doled out $21.1 million to their counterparts in Vietnam.

Another $15.5 million was given to Afghanistan's agricultural sector along with another $8.3 million for Pakistanis on the land.

Australia's foreign aid budget also funds education programs for girls in developing nations and clean-water filtration, and has been declining in recent decades to a record-low of 0.2 per cent of gross national income.

Kirralie Smith, a hobby farmer from northern New South Wales who leases her land to graziers, said Australia's foreign aid budget was still too generous as farmers battled the drought.

'It's very insulting to Australian farmers, actually all Australian people,' she told Daily Mail Australia today.

Ms Smith, who is also a member of the Australian Conservatives, said Australia should not be borrowing money for foreign aid when there were more pressing problems at home.

'Our national deficit is obscene and we shouldn't be borrowing money to give overseas to have the appearance of looking generous,' she said.

'It should be going to help our own first.'

Sydney radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley said Australia's foreign aid spending was much more generous than the concessional loans the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources had given to farmers battling one of the worst droughts on record.

'It makes us look wonderful on the world stage but we have farmers out there slaughtering their breeding stock,' he told the Nine's Network's Today show.

'They are in strife, and it is an insult.'

The Bureau of Meteorology said that from April to June this year, Australia had suffered one of the worst droughts since records began in 1900.
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 4:02 pm

Well truth is we live on the most arid populated continent on the planet, a land of sweeping plains, of drought and flooding rains, etc, etc...

These things come in cycles and occur usually in the same places.

We need to get pro-active with monitoring, minimisation and infrastructure.

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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 4:17 pm

That's all very well and I do know Dorothea Mackellar's poem "My Country" ... Very Happy

Are Farmers rich? Do they supply their meat and wool, etc. to only Australia? Is it only the Farmers with cattle and sheep that are affected by drought?

I don't know.

Why are we importing fruit and vegetables from
China (or wherever)?

What about the people in The Bush?
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 5:04 pm

You cant wait till a drought takes hold, the longer you wait the worse the condition of the livestock and the crops...

You need to be pro-active help must come in at the front end.

Ernie Bridge from WA headed up The Watering Australia Foundation years ago and PHON adopted his ideas and policies.  Bradfors had quite a few schemes that would have helped with water shortages.

Yet after all this time no one in government has done anything substantive to mitigate the situation.


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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 5:30 pm

So? Dig Dams? Direct flooded rivers through piping or whatever?

I always wonder why the hell we don't do "something" when we do get the "flooding rains".  Even the Simpson Desert gets lotsa rain some years.

The trouble with Governments is that they are too busy looking after their own interests. Bugger the country and people.

On that note, new Migrants should be sent to country towns where they can become "assimilated", learn the language and make themselves useful. Shoving new Migrants in Sydney is ridiculous ... it is NOT the 50s where everybody knew all their neighbours and left their doors open. No wonder they all stick in little cliques and never learn English.  They don't need to.

Sad, really.
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 5:53 pm

The CEC are a party that jumped on the bandwagon after PHON publicised Ernie Bridge and his foundation.

http://www.cecaust.com.au/election2013/policies/blueprintforeconomicdevelopment/water/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Bridge
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Tue 31 Jul 2018, 6:01 pm

Veritas wrote:
The CEC are a party that jumped on the bandwagon after PHON publicised Ernie Bridge and his foundation.

http://www.cecaust.com.au/election2013/policies/blueprintforeconomicdevelopment/water/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Bridge

Great idea but I will never be able to vote for him (or PHON). We get a few votes for the "Ripe Tomato Party" or the "Sex Party" but Canberra is LABOR. Not worth voting at all and I didn't last time .... it is still only 20 bucks ($180 if they take you to Court, apparently.)
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Sun 19 Aug 2018, 7:42 am

Looks like Turnbull is thinking about the next Election and has finally decided to increase the funding for OUR Farmers!
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Drought assistance to be dramatically ramped up by Turnbull Government

In an admission of the size and scope of the current drought crisis gripping parts of the nation, the Federal Government will today announce a significant increase in the funding available for struggling communities.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Forbes in New South Wales to confirm the Government has increased its drought spend to $1.8 billion, with funding direct to farmers, local councils and businesses dealing with one of the worst droughts in a century.

The ABC understands Cabinet signed off on new measures late last week.

The Coalition is also expected to appoint Major General Stephen Day to the position of national drought coordinator.

The retired senior member of the Australian Army was one of the key generals responsible for Australia's operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His role is likely to involve engaging with governments, charities, donors and communities to coordinate drought assistance and look at possible gaps or risks.
Farmers offered more to feed their animals

The Federal Government will try to encourage farmers to invest in more infrastructure to store feed by allowing them to immediately deduct the cost of building silos, hay sheds and other storage facilities.

Under previous arrangements the depreciation spanned a three-year period.

Farmers in many parts of New South Wales and Queensland have been struggling to source hay, grain and cottonseed to feed their animals, with supplies coming from as far as Western Australia and freight costs skyrocketing.

As a further measure to increase cashflow for struggling producers, the current $1 million cap for low-interest loans will be doubled to $2 million.

"These loans will assist with financing immediate needs such as purchasing feed and fodder," the Government said in a statement to ABC News.

"The first five years of these loans will remain interest-only.

"Farmers with existing government loans will also be able to refinance to take advantage of the interest-only concessional period."
Government steps in to keep the taps running

Local councils dealing with the prospect of towns running out of water will have access to a pool of $75 million to fund projects, including the provision of emergency water supplies.

Individual councils in affected areas will initially be able to access $1 million each.

Without rain soon, some communities will be facing the expensive task of carting water as they search for viable bores. In the meantime an increasing number of towns are already facing very high-level water restrictions.

The Great Artesian Basin bore-capping program will also get additional funding worth $23.7 million.

The Government described this as a "drought resilience" measure that plugs abandoned bores and provides for "water efficient piping".

Another $72 million will be made available in a special drought round of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Amid continuing criticism of the patchy forecasting accuracy in areas of western New South Wales and Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology will be handed an extra $2.7 million towards refining the climate guides that can determine when crops are planted and when farmers de-stock.
Farm unemployment benefits to be simplified

The Prime Minister had foreshadowed a significant additional package of measures a fortnight ago, when he visited Trangie in western New South Wales and announced extra cash payments for farmers with little or no income.

The additional payments were offered through the Farm Household Allowance program, which provides a payment equivalent to the unemployment benefit.

The extra $12,000 for couples that was announced then was criticised by many farmers in financial difficulty as too little, too late.

The size of the payment, which Mr Turnbull said was designed to help "put food on the table" and pay household bills, was also seen as a pittance for those spending thousands of dollars every week in freight and fodder costs for their animals.

The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) has also been notoriously difficult to access, with many eligible farmers not on the payment.

A number of primary producers have told the ABC it took months for them to be approved, and the paperwork was onerous and confusing.

The Government recently conceded only a third of eligible farmers were actually on the FHA, and privately some MPs acknowledged it had not been properly promoted.

The Prime Minister is now pledging to significantly simplify that application process.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said today's announcement was a clear signal to farmers and regional communities the Government understands how serious the drought situation is and "has their backs".

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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Sun 19 Aug 2018, 1:54 pm

The Greens will never allow Labor to build more Dams. The Libs are too afraid to.
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Mon 20 Aug 2018, 7:21 am

The Greens are idiots. Surely they don't have that much "power"?
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Mon 20 Aug 2018, 9:06 am

The Greenies have GetUp! supporting them.

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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Mon 20 Aug 2018, 2:13 pm

And the UNIONS...
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PostSubject: Re: What about OUR farmers?    Mon 20 Aug 2018, 5:26 pm

Bob Brown's Greens were entirely different to the current bunch but I think some people still think that they are really about The Environment. Now they are just an extension of the Unions and GetUp.
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