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Prime Minister announces former Coalition Government’s Future Drought Fund after previously voting against it

Prime Minister announces former Coalition Government’s Future Drought Fund after previously voting against it

Leader of The Nationals David Littleproud says the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Agriculture Minister Murray Watt’s announcement of $519 million from the Future Drought Fund is nothing new and something Labor originally voted against.

“The Prime Minister has just announced an extension of an existing program that Labor initially voted against in February 2019,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This isn’t new money. This is actually coming from the Future Drought Fund that we put in place, when we were in government.

“Back then, Mr Albanese voted against it. Yet today Mr Albanese has used Beef2024 to pretend to support our Australian farmers, who are doing it really tough under Labor’s damaging policies.

“The Prime Minister’s hypocrisy is breathtaking.

“Much of the programs Labor is going to continue to fund are programs that were originally put in place when I was Agriculture Minister.

“The only two announcements that would make a difference to the cattle industry today would be abolishing the fresh food tax and settling a live cattle legal case, after Labor’s unlawful ban of the live cattle industry in 2011.”

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