Herald Sun

No cuts to farmer aid

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FEARS the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment might cut vi­tal fi­nan­cial coun­selling ser­vices for strug­gling farm­ers have been quelled by Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce.

Mr Joyce said that the free ser­vice would be main­tained and there were enough avail­able funds to do so.

There was spec­u­la­tion it would be axed when a re­view was an­nounced in May last year. That came af­ter the Com­mis­sion of Au­dit rec­om­mended the ser­vice, in place since 1986, be abol­ished and ser­vices be run by the pri­vate sec­tor with­out sub­si­dies.

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