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Drought-stricken farmer angry at Scott Morrison for $150 million funding for NASA Mars mission

Amanda Bolton, from Mutdapilly in Queensland, has called out Scott Morrison for forking out $150 million to NASA 

A farmer has shared proof of the drought’s devastating effects amid outrage over Scott Morrison’s $150million funding for NASA’s Mars mission.

Amanda Bolton, who runs Birkwood Farm in the Queensland town of Mutdapilly, posted a photo to Facebook of her dried-up dam alongside a message directed to the prime minister.

‘The Australian Prime Minister has just announced that the Australian government will be contributing 150 MILLION dollars to the upcoming Mars missions,’ she wrote.

‘150 MILLION dollars is a lot of money that could buy some pretty cool stuff. 7.5 million small square bales of hay, roughly 880,000 large round bales, 7.5 million bags of basic stock pellets, roughly 30 BILLION litres of water from our local council water collection station.

‘Worst drought in recorded history, a number of regional towns will run out of water within weeks, record bushfire season, record dust storm activity etc… This country is desperate.

‘But yeah, sure, the Moon is fun too, I guess.’

Ms Bolton posted a photo to Facebook of her dried-up dam and called out Scott Morrison for spending $150million funding NASA's Mars mission

Ms Bolton posted a photo to Facebook of her dried-up dam and called out Scott Morrison for spending $150million funding NASA’s Mars mission

Ms Bolton’s frustration comes after Morrison announced the government will provide $150million to boost US missions to the Moon and Mars over the next five years.

The deal between the Australian Space Agency and NASA was announced in Washington DC on Saturday.

Ms Bolton’s confronting post has been shared more than 50,000 times with thousands of Australians slamming Morrison for turning his back on battling farmers. 

‘Scott Morrison, please pay attention, stop rubbing up to that Trump moron and look after our farmers. They die, we die,’ one person wrote.

‘Too busy making himself look good on the World Stage while a major portion of his own country is if not dead its dieing! (sic),’ read another comment.

‘Our farmers & water supply should be number one priority. Secondly helping the homeless- so many people living in cars sleeping bags tents with very little food. We are fast becoming a third world country. 

‘This government should be putting Australian first . But No he just wants to waste money on keeping trump happy.’ 

The farmer also shared a heartbreaking before-and-after photo showing the devastating effects the drought has had on her land in two years

The farmer also shared a heartbreaking before-and-after photo showing the devastating effects the drought has had on her land in two years 

Ms Bolton's frustration comes after Morrison announced the government will provide $150 million to boost US missions to the Moon and Mars over the next five years. Pictured with US President Donald Trump in Ohio on Sunday

Ms Bolton’s frustration comes after Morrison announced the government will provide $150 million to boost US missions to the Moon and Mars over the next five years. Pictured with US President Donald Trump in Ohio on Sunday

A social media campaign imploring the prime minister to step up to the plate for farmers has been gaining traction over the last week.

‘The West is Waiting’ movement encouraged Australians to set up signs reading ‘#Scott Morrison where are you’

‘We want this hashtag and these images to start trending,’ the Instagram post reads. 

‘Why? Because we want ATTENTION and we need help. We want Scott Morrison to see this.’ 

Since forming last Monday, the movement has been followed by more than 5,000 people and shared by thousands of farmers and everyday people.  

A social media campaign imploring the prime minister to step up to the plate for farmers has been gaining traction over the last week

A social media campaign imploring the prime minister to step up to the plate for farmers has been gaining traction over the last week

Australia is currently on the grips of the most severe drought on record.  

Regional towns in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania have felt the effects of the relentless drought.  

Around 65 per cent of the state’s land area has been affected.

As of September this year, 94 per cent of New South Wales is suffering, while just over 22 per cent of the state battles intense drought. 

The state’s rural damns have fallen to an average of 33 per cent full, while regional and metropolitan dams sit at 49 per cent. 

Ms Bolton's confronting post has been shared more than 50,000 times with thousands of Australians slamming Morrison for turning his back on battling farmers

Ms Bolton’s confronting post has been shared more than 50,000 times with thousands of Australians slamming Morrison for turning his back on battling farmers

 

 

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