Labor has called on the Morrison Government to apply an immediate moratorium to drought-affected farmers affected by the four-year limit on income support, as it has emerged that farmers are being kicked-off the Farm House Allowance payment.
Australians will be shocked to learn that the Morrison Government has cut off income support for 200 farming families in Queensland alone, said Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon. Withdrawing the modest Farm Household Allowance from drought-devastated farmers must surely be the greatest act of bastardry by a government in the history of the Australian Federation.
Mr Fitzgibbon said some farmers were in their eighth year of the worst drought in our history and Summer is still ahead of us.
Taking Farm Household Allowance from drought-affected farming families is callous and cruel. Farmers are asking where is the $7 billion the Prime Minister spending on drought support? They are not seeing it.
For months Labor has been calling on the Government to stop cutting farmers off simply because theyve been on the payment too long. We stand ready to support legislation to make the change and to facilitate passage of a Bill through the Parliament next week.
Today Scott Morrison must come clean and disclose how many farmers have had the $249 per week payment withdrawn. Its not easy to qualify for FHA, indeed its too hard for many. Those who have qualified are amongst those doing it toughest in this terrible drought.