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Defence Minister commits military assistance to the drought crisis

The army could be brought in to help as the drought crisis worsens across New South Wales and Queensland.

99 per cent of NSW is in dire straits, similar in QLD, with the federal government now willing to offer help, if state governments request it.

Defence Minister Marise Payne tells Alan Jones she will make available the military’s trucks and planes to help our farmers.

“We’re able to offer our assistance should they require it.

“One of the things that we do have the capability to do is certainly to assist with the movement, for example, of bulk stores by air or by road.

“We can airdrop stores to remote areas where there’s no airstrip available and I think that’s something which the states would not have the capability to do.

“The movement of water is very challenging Alan. In terms of the volumes that have to be moved in that way, that is very, very difficult to do.

“Fodder, on the other hand, is a different circumstance and we can certainly look at assisting.”

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