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Prime Minister extends helping hand to struggling farmers after intense scrutiny

The Prime Minister has expanded the farm household allowance for struggling farmers after intense scrutiny of the government’s lack of drought initiatives.

More than 1300 Queenslanders receive the $489 fortnightly payment to be able to survive during the drought.

About 200 Queensland farmers were kicked off the government allowance after reaching the four-year cap.

But now when farmers reach the four-year mark, singles will receive a lump sum of $7,500 while couples will receive $13,000.

National Farmers Federation CEO Tony Mahar tells Ben Fordham it’s a step in the right direction.

“This will prevent some of those people falling off that four-year cliff.

“The prime minister is listening, the government is trying to help out with more money and so they should.

“That money will help.”

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