Australian drought should be declared national emergency – Aussie journalist

Rural Exchange 11/08/2018

An Australian journalist is calling on the Government to declare its devastating drought a national emergency. 

Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) was declared to be entirely drought-affected on Wednesday, with half of neighbouring Queensland in the same boat.

Australian farmers are calling it the worst drought in living memory – and they’re not entirely wrong. The drought in NSW and Queensland has been the driest and most widespread since 1965.

“The effects are going to be far-reaching and damaging,” Australia correspondent Stuart Hodgson said.  

While some Australians have taken to social media to call for foreign aid money to be used instead for struggling farmers, Mr Hodgson called the idea “simplistic”.

“The benefits of overseas spending come back to us in trade. But [the drought] should be declared a national emergency,” he said.

Federal and state governments have provided AU$576 million in emergency funding, according to the BBC.

Watch the full interview with Stuart Hodgson above.

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