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Farm unemployment benefits to be simplifiedThe Prime Minister had foreshadowed a significant additional package of measures a fortnight ago, when he visited Trangie in western New South Wales and announced extra cash payments for farmers with little or no income.
How you can help:Australian Red CrossRural Aid/Buy a BaleDrought AngelsAussie HelpersLions Need for FeedFoundation for Rural and Regional RenewalSalvation Army
The additional payments were offered through the Farm Household Allowance program, which provides a payment equivalent to the unemployment benefit.
The extra $12,000 for couples that was announced then was criticised by many farmers in financial difficulty as too little, too late.