Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says a tour of Dubbo, Trangie and parts of western Queensland has shown him “the consequences of this very, very long drought”.
Senior government figures visited the region last week, including the Miles family at Trangie. Mr Turnbull said he was “honoured” to have met many “great Australians” on the way.
“This is the heart and soul of Australia,” he said.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said drought affected small business owners as well as farmers.
“They don’t get away from the drought, because if the cockies don’t have dollars in their pockets there's no one else much spending money in the town,” he said. “We have done a lot as a government but can we do better … I think we’ve got to have a yarn now and bring the states on the journey.”