Explore our interactive panorama images to get an insight into the drought ravaging northern New South Wales and Queensland, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott takes his own at conditions on the ground.
Mr Abbott will tour drought-affected areas this weekend with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who is finalising a Cabinet submission regarding more assistance for the hardest-hit rural communities.
While some economists say subsidies have propped up unviable farms for too long, farmers are keen for the Government to act.
At his family's Kigwigil sheep station outside Walgett in northern NSW, James Warden .
Zoom and pan the panorama photos to get an insight into life on the land. (Photos and reporting by Lateline's .)
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18:24 EST Parts of Sydney and the Blue Mountains have been blanketed by large hailstones as a severe thunderstorm moves across the area.