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

Downing, Karen; Jones, Rebecca; Singley, Blake

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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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/109250
Source: Australian Journal of Politics & History
DOI: 10.1111/ajph.12244

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