Another day, another broken promise from the Abbott Government, as the “end of August” deadline passes for Western Australian farmers waiting for drought relief funding.
After months of delay, Barnaby Joyce and WA Minister Ken Baston finally announced by joint media release on August 8 that:
“Farmers in the West will soon have access to further assistance to help them through drought, following agreement between the Australian and Western Australian governments. We expect to be in a position to receive applications for the drought loans scheme by the end of August”.
Minister Joyce needs to provide certainty to WA farmers who wish to apply for drought specific concessional loans. His departmental website provides no information as when or how WA farmers can apply for these loans.
Six months after the Prime Minister’s well publicised drought tour Western Australian farming families are still waiting for help. The tour might have been a good political circuit breaker for the Government but it has done little for farmers in any State.