One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has broken down in tears while talking about the plight of struggling dairy farmers.
Appearing on Alan Jones’ 2GB radio show on Friday, Ms Hanson said she wanted to guarantee farmers a sustainable price for the milk they produce.
‘Give me an opportunity to keep fighting. I don’t want these farmers to give up,’ she said while choking back tears.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has broken down in tears while talking about the plight of struggling dairy farmers
Jones himself also broke down in tears days earlier while talking about farmers battling through intense drought
Jones told Ms Hanson to ‘go and have a rest’ before saying she was ‘worn out, as are the farmers’.
Ms Hanson’s milk price proposal is supported by Labor and crossbench senators but opposed by the Coalition and independent Cory Bernardi.
Jones himself also broke down in tears days earlier while talking about farmers battling through intense drought.
During his Sky News show on Tuesday night Jones said he had experienced similar struggles.
‘I have been exactly where the people of Bourke are,’ he said.
‘My old man would be ashamed of me if I didn’t fight.’
Jones then became overwhelmed with emotion and gestured for an ad break.
He has been scathing of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s reaction to the issue, urging him to do more to help farmers who cannot afford feed and water to keep livestock alive.
Jones furiously argued with Mr Morrison about drought relief during an explosive interview on 2GB on Tuesday.
In one particularly heated moment, the radio host interrupted Mr Morrison and bluntly told him: ‘Oh don’t talk to me, I’m a farmer’s son and you’re not.’
After the interview Jones was overrun with calls from listeners, many of whom voted Liberal, as they lined up to slam the Prime Minster, calling him ‘arrogant’ and a ‘waste of space’
‘These people, Prime Minister, cannot survive today,’ Jones said angrily.
‘They are sending the breeding stock to the sale yard to be slaughtered, they’re walking off their farms.
‘They need cash now. Now. Just as we gave a billion dollars to Indonesia over a tsunami. This is a drought tsunami.’
Mr Morrison explained that he couldn’t make it rain and that $318million has already helped in the past year.
‘The direct cash grant support is going into farming communities, including directly to farmers,’ Mr Morrison said.
But Jones interrupted, saying: ‘They’re not getting it!’
Mr Morrison continued: ‘Alan, if you could let me finish. There’s $318.5 million…’
‘I don’t know where the money is Prime Minister,’ Jones interjected.
As Mr Morrison tried to make his point, Jones cut in with a blunt remark: ‘Oh don’t talk to me, I’m a farmer’s son and you’re not.’
Mr Morrison continued trying to explain how aid has helped while a frustrated Jones kept interjecting and asking: ‘How does that feed a cow?’
Jones criticised the Farm Household Allowance scheme, which gives farmers fortnightly payments and, in some cases, lump sum payments of up to $12,000
Jones then criticised the Farm Household Allowance scheme, which gives farmers fortnightly payments and, in some cases, lump sum payments of up to $12,000.
‘You say Farm Household Allowance. Now PM, come on. You go and tell Jenny that she can live on $250 a week,’ Jones said.
‘It’s not $250 a week Alan. It’s not just that,’ Mr Morrison replied.
‘If you live in the city, and your business goes bust or you lose your job, then you have access to Newstart. But if you are on a farm property and you get access to the Farm Household Allowance.’
Jones did not accept his answer and pressed the PM further by asking: ‘Why are they walking off? Why are they sending their cattle to slaughter?’
‘Because of the drought, that’s why,’ said the PM.
Mr Morrison then admitted he couldn’t save farmers from some hardship.
Alan Jones furiously rowed with Scott Morrison (pictured) about drought relief for farmers in an explosive interview on Tuesday morning, sparking loyal voters to turn on the PM