Solo mums are a bit like these farmers. They are working but not earning and need community support to do that.... The drought shows how important social protection systems are. When the unexpected happens – your farm dries up, you get sick, you lose your job, you find yourself alone raising your kids – the community steps in by way of tax funded Social Protection.
I wonder how farmers feel about being compared to people who default to a welfare lifestyle in their thousands every year?
Tax-paying farmers are subject to the whim of the weather; many DPB mums are subject to their own (or their partner's) personal whims and wants. But Kelly can't differentiate between people who are products of a habitual hand-out regime and people who need temporary help.
Shoring up support for a debased benefit system on the back of drought-stricken farmers sucks.
(Should farmers get government assistance? A tax break to buy income protection insurance against such advents would be better).