spreads (20).gif

Phillips Slams Government For Ignoring Local Farmers

In a media release issued today the Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP, has slammed the Morrison Government’s decision not to include Gilmore councils in its Drought Communities Programme Extension.

Mrs Phillips said "On Friday, Mr Morrison flew into the country to announce a further $100 million to assist drought affected farmers in 13 additional eligible councils. But in a decision Mrs Phillips has labelled heartless and tone-deaf, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla local government areas have been left out of the much-hyped drought package."

“I am shocked that the government has told farmers in the Kiama, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla council areas that they don’t deserve drought assistance,”

“This is a cruel blow to our struggling farmers.“

“The government likes to pretend that it cares about rural and regional Australia, but once again this package has shown Mr Morrison’s motivations are purely political,” the Member for Gilmore said.

"While the government tries to blame public servants and the Bureau of Meteorology, the decision on which councils will be eligible appears to be focused more on the government’s election commitments than on helping farmers suffering from the drought.

“Our dairy industry is in crisis and the Liberal-National Government has once again wasted an opportunity to provide real support to South Coast farmers,”

“This is the same Prime Minister that came to the South Coast and wouldn’t even meet with local farmers,”

“Our dairy farmers are being paid less than the cost of producing their milk, but the Prime Minister continually ignores their pleas for help,” Mrs Phillips said.

"South Coast dairy farmers deserve a government that genuinely invests in them – not one that makes flashy announcements with no real substance where it counts.

“Our community cannot afford to wait for Mr Morrison to wake up to the plight of our farmers – we need investment now.”

“Today I will be writing to the Prime Minister and the Minister to ask them to reverse this cruel decision and provide farmers on the South Coast with the support they so desperately need,” Fiona Phillips said.

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.

Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a  shame to see your comment deleted)

Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts

Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.