Labor has turned its back on people suffering through one of the worst droughts on record, opposing a $5 billion fund to help drought-proof struggling farms.
Sadly, playing politics with families, towns and farms is something we’ve come to expect from Labor, especially since they’re so reliant on the Greens for support.
The $3.9 billion Drought Future Fund, growing to $5 billion, guarantees around $100 million a year into drought-proofing our communities – including through climate adaptation, building sustainable agriculture, investing in research and development and growing more with less water.
Labor agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon was critical of the plan to support struggling communities and farms, and was part of the push to scuttle this plan.
However, what’s even more concerning is that Labor also supports the Greens’ calls for more water-buybacks that would send this valuable resource straight to South Australia, where it is held in lakes for sailing regattas.
This is the latest in a long history of Labor attacks on country people. It butchered the agriculture portfolio when last in government and was also found to have misused its own Regional Development Australia Fund.
Country people cannot trust Labor and the Greens.