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Farmers applaud collaboration on Future Drought Fund legislation
21 February 2019
The National Farmers' Federation has welcomed the passage of Future Drought Fund legislation through the House of Representatives today.
"This is a great outcome," President Fiona Simson said.
"Drought is an integral part of farming in most parts of Australia. Yet to date, no Australian government has been able to successfully determine how to best help farmers and rural communities prepare for, manage and recover from drought."
The Future Drought Fund will provide secure funding for projects dedicated to solving this perennial problem.
The NFF particularly welcomed amendments to establish a Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee – an outcome the NFF sought in its submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee inquiry.
The Committee will be tasked with advising on the Drought Resilience Funding Plan and funding of specific grants and projects and will play an important role in ensuring money is spent where it will have the most impact on building long-term drought resilience.
"This was a collaborative effort that resulted in stronger legislation," Ms Simson said.
"The Prime Minister's resolve to establish the Future Drought Fund has taken drought policy beyond band aid measures that crop up while we are in drought.
"The Fund will enable support for measures that get to the core of how best to deal with drought."
"Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud should be congratulated for his willingness to amend the legislation to ensure greater transparency and oversight.
"We also thank independent member for Indi, Cathy McGowan for her strong support for improving the legislation.
"The amendments have ensured that the Future Drought Fund will be effective in building Australia's long-term drought resilience," Ms Simson said
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