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Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Page: 3546

Mr FITZGIBBON (Hunter) (12:58): I ask the minister to confirm that the money from the Future Drought Fund will not commence drawing down, at $100 million, until after July next year? Can he confirm that not one cent of that money will go to farmers until then? Given he's likely to have no choice but to confirm that, does he agree that it's wrong for the government to present the Future Drought Fund, which doesn't draw down until after July next year, as an immediate response to the terrible impact the drought is having on farming families?