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A United kick puts Agriculture Minister into swift action

New South Wales is facing it’s toughest drought in 110 years and last week, I called out the failings of The Nationals, a party we have realised are just the lapdog of the Liberal Party, who have forgotten their election promises of looking after regional Australia. Now, Agriculture and Water Resources Minister, and National, David Littleproud, has jumped to action on the matter and all because of a Facebook post by a United Australia Party crossbench Senator.

I received a message from a New South Wales farmer who was one out of hundreds out of work. He said that the $50,000 government loans that had been made available, were taking too long to provide, with too much red tape. He also said that politicians in the major parties had been approached to help, but they did not appear to be doing anything.

It is however coincidental to see that after partnering-up with Clive Palmer and joining the United Australia Party, that Minister Littleproud, has been woken up to the disaster that is unfolding in New South Wales, or is it more of a case of him being scared into acting, in an attempt to hold onto National Party-held seats at the next election? Don’t forget that he has been the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for the past 7 months. What has he done in this time?

Instead of making it easy for people to prepare for tough times, which includes storing water, our successive governments have decided to tax people who have dams, putting levies on water. What gives any government the right to tax rain that falls from the sky? Our government does not own our water, it is owned by us, the people. It is our right and should remain that way.

I have been wondering, if I had stayed as an independent crossbench Senator, would the government have cared or acted? I think not. I tend to believe that because there is an election looming, and the United Australia Party will put up a big fight, rather than being further shamed, the Minister has decided to finally start looking into how to help our farmers combat this drought. The government is fast realising that the United Australia Party is gaining much support, as many Australians still remain disappointed at the political choices that they have to vote for.

My staff and I have been listening to many people in regional NSW, including working on holding the management of the Murray Darling Water Basin Authority to account, but I believe more needs to be done by our government to ensure that water is available to all around the country. Luckily, the United Australia Party is committed to holding the major parties to account, no matter who governs after the next election.