Revelations that only 6 per cent of the money allocated for drought assistance loans has been allocated confirms the failure of the Abbott Government’s drought package.
So too does the difficulty farming families are having accessing Centrelink payments. I warned in February this would be the case.
The Prime Minister’s February drought tour might have been a good political circuit breaker for the Government but it has done little for struggling farming families.
It is past time the Government acknowledged that it was a mistake to abolish the COAG process set up to progress national agricultural policy.
Only a well-considered, whole-of-governments approach will produce good, sustainable drought policy.