More than one million Australians are facing food shortages, with more than one in three people experiencing some form of food insecurity, the Australian Government said.
Key points:Key pointsMore than 1 million Australians face food shortages due to the droughtThe government says some 1.5 million Australians can now afford to eat, but many are struggling to copeWith more than three million Australians facing food insecurity due to climate change, it has set up a hotline to help those in the hardest-hit regions.
“Many of the most vulnerable Australians are in the worst-affected regions of the country, including in regional communities where the impacts of climate change are particularly severe,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said.
“The Government will continue to work with the states, territories and communities to provide support and assistance to those affected by this difficult and costly time.”
The drought has led to an increase in water restrictions across the country and is expected to impact the availability of food in some parts of the nation.
Key point:The drought, which is expected over the next six months, has led a rise in water bans in many parts of Australia, with some regions experiencing shortages of up to two months”More than half of the population of NSW have seen their water use cut by up to 40 per cent in the last three years and it’s been a particularly hard hit for regional areas,” Mr Joyce said in a statement.
“It’s no wonder that water restrictions have increased across the states in the past year, with many regions seeing shortages of as little as two months.”
He said some people were also facing food rationing, with the Federal Government encouraging people to get out and “shop” and eat locally.
“As the drought continues to impact on many people’s daily lives, the Government is encouraging people not to rely on the water supply,” he said.
The Australian Government has set an emergency hotline for Australians with food insecurity to help them with any costs.
The hotline will be available from 3pm to 6pm (AEST) on Thursday.
It is a new way of providing assistance to people struggling to survive in a tough economic climate, Mr Joyce told the ABC.
“We want to make sure that we get these people some support so they can get the help they need, get some help to keep going.”
He urged people to take the advice of a GP if they have any concerns about food security and said they should not rely on food banks.
“You should not shop for food in supermarkets, not shop in stores,” Mr Trump said.
Mr Trump also criticised the Federal Opposition’s focus on climate change and the need for a $US400 billion infrastructure investment.
“I think what we need to be talking about is how we can help our neighbours, how we help ourselves,” he told the program.
“When people are talking about climate change it is really about climate denial.
Climate denial is what they are doing and I think they are wasting the rest of the day.”
Topics:drought,government-and-politics,environment,climate-change,environmental-impact,environment-management,climate,environmentaustralia,nsw,nauruFirst posted April 05, 2019 12:42:42Contact Brett BriscoeMore stories from New South Wales