Nationals In Government Slash Drought Paperwork

The Federal Nationals have made it easier for farmers to apply for the fortnightly Farm Household Allowance (FHA) hardship payment. Almost $2 billion has been secured for drought relief funding by the Nationals in Government, who have also cut the FHA application form by a third and arranged for Centrelink offices in some regions to be…

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More Drought Project Funding As Taskforce Set Up

The Nationals in Government are continuing to deliver vital drought relief, with an additional $75 million pledged to help affected communities. Sixty councils will be able to apply for up to one million dollars to fund projects that employ locals, and create opportunities for local businesses, ensuring towns survive the drought. This is the next step…

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Farm Tracker App To Lend Helping Hand

The Nationals in Government have rolled out a high-tech tool to deal with an age-old problem on the land. The ‘Farm Tracker’ app is recruiting farmers to collect and report on-farm weather data in order to improve the state’s overall drought monitoring. NSW Nationals Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the app would enable…

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Shorten’s Copy/Paste Approach To Policy

Two big announcements from Labor Leader Bill Shorten were “borrowed” from The National’s policy book. Last week Bill Shorten announced a Federal Labor Government would fund children to attend preschool for two years before school, starting from the age of three. He also announced 100,000 supported TAFE places if he was elected. There was little detail…

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Labor Games Shortchanging Workers

Labor has proven once again it is putting ideology before people, with State Governments turning their back on half a billion dollars. Queensland and Victoria’s Labor Governments were set to receive $245 million and $320 million to create 50,000 new apprentice and training program places in the next four years. But those States chose not…

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