What about OUR farmers: Smith

August 01, 2018

The federal government hands out $210 million a year in foreign aid for agriculture overseas - but can only afford to loan drought-affected Australian farmers $44 million ... and they have to pay it back! So says prominent NSW Conservative Party member Kirralie Smith (pictured).

The Daily Mail reports Australian taxpayers have given $21 billion in foreign aid since the 2014 budget. 

During the same period, less than $400 million in federal loans went to farmers. 

The last budget gave more to Indonesian farmers than drought-hit Australians.

Taxpayers gave more money to Indonesian farmers than struggling Australian graziers in the most recent budget, a staggering $4.2 billion in foreign aid.

Ms Smith, a hobby farmer from northern New South Wales who leases her land to graziers, said Australia's foreign aid budget was still too generous as farmers battled the drought, 'It's very insulting to Australian farmers, actually all Australian people.'

She told the Daily Mail Australia should not be borrowing money for foreign aid when there were more pressing problems at home, 'Our national deficit is obscene and we shouldn't be borrowing money to give overseas to have the appearance of looking generous,' she said.

'It should be going to help our own first.'

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