Does $4 billion in foreign aid make sense when we can only commit $190 million to help our farmers?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull early this week announced $190 million in funding to provide immediate financial support to farmers. While this may sound like a lot, it comes to around $12,000 per farmer.
Many farmers are suggesting that the $12,000 will do little for those most communities affected by what is being described as one of the worst droughts of the past century.
In the 2018-19 budget estimates, the Australian Federal Government has commited over $4 billion to foreign aid. Does this amount of money being spent offshore make sense when our citizens are in need of support? Should some of this aid be redirected to helping our farmers? Or should the Government be doing more to find ample support for our farmers?