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When pop star Rihanna tweeted Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in February, asking them to help the Global Partnership for Education earlier this year, Bishop's department nearly immediately coughed up a $90 million pledge to support the education of foreign children.

In all, the Australian government will now have provided some A$576 million in drought relief.

According to Brian Egan of Aussie Helpers, a charity for farmers, the sheer amount of paperwork to access the Farm Household Allowance means farmers have to spend about $2000 on an accountant to verify their figures every month.

"We, as a government, are right there by their side, right behind them, and supporting them all the way".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will return to a farm in Trangie in central NSW on Sunday to announce the new package that will also provide mental health services.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced an emergency relief package on August 5, whereby drought-stricken farmers could receive up to $12,000 in cash payments.

Drought-awareness campaigner Edwina Robertson says the money isn't enough.

"We are, as we have all said, the land of droughts and flooding rains, but we haven't had a drought this bad for a very, very long time, since the Bureau of Meteorology says 1965".

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"We want to keep body and soul together, and that will flow cash into the local communities".

Meanwhile, the prime minister has been dragged back into debate over the impact of climate change on drought.

He reaffirmed Australia's commitment to reducing carbon emissions after former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said the government's action would do nothing to stop droughts.

Although it is still winter, parts of eastern Australia are experiencing the worst drought in living memory.

"It's like you've got a normal environment turned into a desert environment", he told Sky News.

Several fundraising campaigns have sprung up around the country to try and help farmers buy food for their livestock.

"It will have no difference on the climate whatsoever - zero, zip, nothing".

Their concerns have been echoed by NSW agriculture minister Niall Blair, who is anxious attention on farmers shooting animals or leaving them to starve will undermine Australia's standing as a meat-producing nation.


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