Sean Parnell - The Australian
The Australian yesterday revealed Coalition MPs were lobbying Tony Abbott to form a ministerial taskforce to help primary producers and local communities survive the prolonged drought.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon yesterday added his weight to the cause, calling on the government to find a long-term solution, having had his own proposal for a Rural Reconstruction and Development Bank rejected by a Senate committee.
“Farmers are going to the wall, many are suffering mentally and so are their families, and yet we see inaction from government and at times cruelty from the banking sector, in the high number and way foreclosures are carried out,” Senator Xenophon said.
While the committee rejected the proposal, in a report tabled yesterday, it nonetheless recommended the government pressure the big banks to provide a better picture of rural debt to enable informed policy decisions.content