Skip navigation
Skip navigation

Handout or hand-up: ongoing tensions in the long history of government response to drought in Australia

Downing, Karen; Jones, Rebecca; Singley, Blake


In 2014 the Coalition government announced a 320 million dollar package for drought-hit farmers. In describing this initiative as a "hand-up" not a “hand out” Prime Minister Tony Abbott encapsulated more than 150 years of tension over whether government drought response should be unconditional limited relief or conditional longer-term assistance. This paper considers the long history of drought assistance in Australia as seen through government legislation, year books, newspapers and personal...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Politics & History
DOI: 10.1111/ajph.12244
Access Rights: Open Access


File Description SizeFormat Image
01 Downing K et al Handout or hand up ongoing 2016.pdf503.96 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator