In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian.
Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good in his new role, writes University of Melbourne economics Professor John Freebairn.
The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions.
The New South Wales Government has appointed an independent advisor to monitor its Drought Transport Subsidy program and freight prices during drought, warning it will not tolerate anyone rorting or gaming the system.
In response to the exceptional drought circumstances affecting all Australian states, Westpac has today announced it is extending its support to customers under a new Drought Assistance Package.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken his drought “listening tour” through New South Wales and Queensland, visiting Dubbo, Trangie, Narromine, Blackall and heading to Charleville, and Boulia on a three-day tour with senior members of his cabinet.
The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The drought declared area of Queensland has reduced from a record 87.47 percent to 69.75pc, after the State’s agriculture minister accepted recommendations from local drought committees for revocations in several shires.
June 2016 was Australia’s second-wettest June on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the start of the new Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) funding round, which will deliver national coverage for rural communities and clients in need for the next three years.