The stark contrast between the Nationals and Labor on the drought is clear, with the Government getting on with the job while Bill Shorten plays games.

In a video posted to social media by the ABC’s Insiders program, the Labor leader is heard saying “I’m on mic (microphone), I can’t say what I’m thinking” while on a visit to a rural property. 

But in Question Time on Monday, the Nationals left no doubt about what they were thinking.

“When the regions are strong so too is our nation,” Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said. “(Bill Shorten) has covered more territory than Burke and Wills… (Labor) wouldn’t know a region if they saw one.”

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reaffirmed the Nationals in Government’s commitment to rural and regional communities affected by drought.

“This is not just farms but communities that are hurting,” he said. “I say to every farming family, the story of agriculture is a good one, you just add rain, when the rains come the good times come (but until then) your Government, the Australian people, stand shoulder to shoulder and believe not only in you, in agriculture, but in your communities.”

Since coming to power in 2013, the Nationals in Government have seen more than $1.3 billion invested in delivering support for our farmers. That’s in addition to the more than $1 billion already committed by the NSW Nationals. Our farmers are resilient, but there are times where they need a helping hand.

That’s why the Farm Household Allowance income asset threshold will increase from $2.6 million to $5 million on November 1. That’s why there’s an extra payment to those recipients, bringing the total to about $37,000 for couples and $22,000 for individuals. And that’s why an extra $5 million will go to the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which helps farmers plan for the future and access support now.

Even though no-one can make it rain, the Nationals in Government, at both a State and Federal level, are ensuring that our farmers and communities will still be around when it does.