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NSW call for exceptional circumstances

Sally Bryant, Tuesday January 28, 2014 - 08:25 EDT
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Tony Abbott attends an Australia Day barbeque in Tamworth. The Mayor of Bourke says the federal Liberals need to come to the party on drought assistance. - ABC

A grazier from western NSW says the Federal Government has to seize the nettle and find money to provide drought assistance like Exceptional Circumstance funding. 

Andrew Lewis, who is also the mayor of the Bourke Shire Council, says the situation is critical and worsening quicker than he has ever seen before. 

He says the NSW and Queensland governments have led the way in terms of assistance and it's time the Federal Liberal Party listened to its Coalition partner. 

"It's the Liberal Party we really have to push hard now to get some action," he said.

"The National Party are very small partners, but hopefully some of us might be able to see the Prime Minister or Joe Hockey and get some action through there."

Mr Lewis dismisses the argument that farmers need to prepare for drought, instead of seeking help when times are tough.

"People say, 'Ah you cockies, you take the cream and make the rest of the people pay for the bad times', but there's no good just letting everybody go broke."


© ABC 2014

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