The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

Peter Glee­son (“ScoMo hung out to dry”, 27/10) makes a fair point.

Whilst a con­voy of 10 wa­ter trucks or­gan­ised by 38-yearold Bris­bane mother Rachael Eddy does not seem like much, it was wholly sup­ported and ap­pre­ci­ated by every­one and goes to show ‘the lit­tle en­gine that could’, does. The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment is a very large en­gine that could, but does not.

I don’t think any Aus­tralian be­lieves for one sin­gle mo­ment that enough is be­ing done to as­sist Aus­tralian farm­ers. How on earth can a weekly pay­ment to a farmer of be­tween $245-$295 pos­si­bly sup­port their en­tire fam­ily and farm? In for­eign aid the gov­ern­ment in­tends to give away $4.2 bil­lion this year and over the past 4 years they have spent $9.2 bil­lion on il­le­gal mi­grant poli­cies alone.

We are crip­pled by timid, small-minded lead­ers who show a com­plete lack of em­pa­thy for the needs of hard­work­ing Aus­tralians.

This na­tion was built on the back of those who toiled on the land and built the pros­per­ity of this coun­try through risk, grit and enor­mous de­ter­mi­na­tion. In re­turn, and as a show of sup­port, this gov­ern­ment thinks we should all be so grate­ful for putting our na­tion of farm­ers onto what’s lit­tle more than Cen­tre­link sup­port. LEE DU BRAY


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