PM Turnbull Promises Emergency Relief to Drought-Stricken Farmers in Regional Australia

That scheme will now provide two lump sum supplementary payments worth up to $12,000

That scheme will now provide two lump sum supplementary payments worth up to $12,000

He says the numbers also indicate there's not been a simple enough process for farmers to access the support.

Malcolm Turnbull says climate change helps cause droughts, dismissing suggestions Australia abandon global emissions reduction targets because they won't immediately help farmers.

Drought-stricken farmers are being urged to take advantage of relief packages as debate again rages within Turnbull government ranks about the impact of climate change.

"Australian farmers are not helpless". He said the government is making changes to the Medicare schedule to ensure it becomes easier for people to seek support for mental health problems.

Drought relief isn't needed by most farmers, who are prepared for drought. "But we have had to remove them all and bring them closer to the homestead so we can more easily feed them".

"We look forward to sitting down and working with the government on more targeted drought measures".

General president Grant Maudsley said more than half of Queensland was still drought-declared, and the prolonged nature of the drought in the state was taking an enormous financial, emotional and environmental toll on many regional communities. "I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while", says a despairing Whitney, whose property near the town of Gunnedah is on the Liverpool Plains, a usually fertile area now withered having received the lowest average rainfall in almost 30 years.

"I worry every day I go to visit farming families that I'm going to get to someone and it's going to be hours too late, it's literally that bad", she said. "When farmers do it well the whole nation benefits, when farmers do it tough, as they are now the whole nation suffers", he said during the press conference. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says parts of Australia experienced the second-warmest summer (December-February) on record and have just been through one of the driest and warmest autumns (March-May) on record.

"The money will help farmers deal with what are challenging times at the moment and help them manage and improve their production systems once we get through this drought".

"The Eyre Peninsula has been severely affected, and livestock farmers in particular are having to make tough decisions, " Mr Whetstone said.

In June, Federal agriculture minister David Littleproud announced a review of the Farm Household Allowance, which provides help for farmers facing hardship during drought. Yet again, the Prime Minister has disappointed us.

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