‘Rich’ farmers opt for drought relief

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The Australian: Thousands of farmers are receiving taxpayer-funded drought relief despite having access to $2.8 billion in savings they squirrelled away during economic good times.

And the federal Government’s National Rural Advisory Council has revealed the nation’s Exceptional Circumstances drought relief scheme is encouraging farmers to live on handouts instead of adapting to make their farms viable, creating a new rural welfare dependency.

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