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Budget 2008: Minister cuts drought funding while farmers suffer.



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Minister Cuts Drought Funding While Farmers Suffer Wednesday, 14 May 2008

One of the cruelest hits to the morale of farmers was delivered by the government through last night’s budget with the cu said Senator Scullion today.

“Drought affected farmers must be left asking themselves ‘what next’ when the budget handed down reduced exceptiona for people facing a return or extension to their EC.

“While we all wait and hope for the rain to come, the government has slashed the EC budget by a third this year with noth

“The budget shows $760.9 million for EC in 07-08, with next to nothing beyond.

“The only new measure being offered is $14million for household support for farmers that have struggled through years o

“The weather is unreliable enough without farmers having to rely on a government that is quite happy to rip out over $1 b remote Australian programs, said Senator Scullion.

“All predictions point to continuing hard times and while I hope the climate experts have it wrong, it is shameful for the go to assist farmers experiencing drought.

“Farmers do not want assurances that it will be all right in the end, they need a government that will stand by them.

“When the drought breaks, then and only then, should the government take the money needed for Exceptional Circumsta

“Until then, leave the program alone and provide some certainty that farmers will be able to keep their farms and feed the

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