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Drought funding allocated to region that isn’t even in drought

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The government’s handling of drought funding is under the microscope yet again, after money was allocated to an area that claims they aren’t even in drought.

Alan Jones is calling this latest scandal “disgraceful” and a “political crisis”.

Moyne Shire, in Victoria’s south-west, is one of 13 local government areas set to receive a slice of the government’s $100-million drought package.

But local councillors say they were shocked by their inclusion on the list because the area isn’t even in drought.

In fact, the decision was so strange councillors originally thought it was a spelling mistake, and they’d been mixed up with Moira, in Victoria’s north-east.

Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon previously told Alan Jones it was suspicious drought funding only seemed to be going to National Party seats.

Now, he says this latest development is incredibly insulting to drought-affected communities who are desperate for funding.

“It looks to me increasingly, Alan, like this Drought Communities Programme might be more a pork-barrel than one designed to help drought-stricken communities.

“Scott Morrison’s more interested in political outcomes, Alan, than he is helping drought-affected farmers and communities.”

Mr Fitzgibbon is calling for an Australian National Audit Office analysis of the government’s spending on drought relief.

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