Hanson, Katter form alliance, announce ‘drought tour’

Mr Katter holds a seat in the lower house, while Senator Hanson’s One Nation holds two in the Senate.

Mr Katter said he hoped to use this pressure toward more legislation to help affect drought-affected farmers, and to reintroduce a minimum price for milk.

A spokesman for Senator Hanson said the two would hold pub meetings to speak to and hear from drought-affected farmers.

The tour, which includes Cunnamulla and St George, falls outside of Mr Katter’s electorate of Kennedy but he’s hoping to boost the Katter Party’s profile.

“I’m not going to stand on the sidelines and watch inland Australia ground out of existence,” Mr Katter said.

He said if rural Australia continued to be represented by the National Party, agriculture was finished and Australia would turn into the “begging bowl of Asia”.

Mr Katter said one potential solution was for the government to use its access to lower interest rate loans to buy out farmer’s existing loans, then allow farmers to pay them off at the lower rates.

Senator Hanson’s spokesman told AAP the pair are proposing the government subsidise accountants for farmers so they can quickly and easily navigate the red tape around drought assistance payments.

The pair also want government to help de-silt – or clean out – drought-affected dams to prevent future water contamination.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Wednesday showed the drought was driving up prices of food products.


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