[5 August/ABC News]

Charity worker, Edwina Robertson, broke down during an emotional confrontation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill in relation to the drought in the area. Mr Turnbull comforted her. She said it was worse than anything in the media and she worried every day. Mr Turnbull promised to do more to help those under intense financial strain due to drought conditions in New South Wales. He signed off an emergency special payment for eligible farmers. It would provide households with up to AUD12,000 in additional lump sum payments. The package included funding for mental health support. Mr Turnbull added it was the worst drought in many decades and the cash would help provide some relief. The eligibility to receive the money would also be relaxed. Mr Turnbull encouraged farmers to seek support when required. Labour’s Agricultural Spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, noted the move to support struggling farmers was long overdue.