Scott Morrison is flying to the Queensland Outback today to help drought-stricken farmers.
The prime minister, criticized for not doing enough for rural communities, will announce $ 100 million in aid.
The money goes to 13 local government areas to help farmers pay for food, water and fuel and gain access to counseling.
Scott Morrison attends the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 on Wednesday at the Plaza Hotel in New York
Morrison will land in Sydney after his state visit to the US and immediately take a flight to Dalby in South Queensland.
He said: & # 39; We know we can't let it rain, but we have to keep finding ways to do everything we can to make life a little easier and take away some of the burden. & # 39;
Earlier this month, Joel Fitzgibbon, Labor Agriculture spokesperson, said Mr Morrison did too little for farmers affected by drought.
& # 39; The farmers have become forgotten people of Scott Morrison & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; No real action on its part despite the fact that it is very, very clear based on all the advice that this thing will not get better soon. & # 39;
At the Today Show on Friday morning, Peter Dutton defended the prime minister.
& # 39; This is not our first trip. This money builds on a mountain of support that is already there & he said.
Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen said his party would review the proposals, but said: "We doubt that they will be enough after years of sitting still."
It comes after farmers hit Mr Morrison for smothering $ 150 million to support a NASA mission to Mars.
Amanda Bolton, who runs Birkwood Farm in the town of Mutdapilly in Queensland, posted a photo of her dried up mother on Facebook.
& # 39; The Australian Prime Minister has just announced that the Australian government is going to contribute $ 150 million to the upcoming Mars missions &, she wrote.
& # 39; 150 MILLION dollars is a lot of money with which you can buy pretty cool stuff. 7.5 million small square hay bales, approximately 880,000 large round bales, 7.5 million bags of basic supply pellets, approximately 30 billion liters of water from our municipal water collection station.
& # 39; The worst drought in history, a number of regional cities will run out of water within a few weeks, record bushfire season, record dust storm activity etc … This country is desperate.
& # 39; But yes, of course, the moon is nice too, I think. & # 39;
Farmers smothered Mr. Morrison for committing tax money to support a mission to Mars
The deal between the Australian Space Agency and NASA was announced in Washington DC on Saturday.
Mrs. Bolton's confrontational post has been shared more than 50,000 times with thousands of Australians slamming Morrison for turning their back on farmers.
& # 39; Scott Morrison, please pay attention, stop rubbing that Trump idiot and take care of our farmers. They die, we die, & one person wrote.
& # 39; Too busy to make himself look good on the world stage, while a large part of his own country is dead! (sic), & # 39; read another comment.
& # 39; Our farmers and water supply must be priority number one. Second, help homeless people – so many people who live in sleeping bags for cars with very little food. We are fast becoming a third world country.
& # 39; This government should put Australian first. But no, he just wants to waste money to keep trump happy. & # 39;
A campaign in the social media calling on the prime minister to act for the farmers is gaining strength.
& # 39; The West is Waiting & # 39; encouraged Australians to set up signs with & # 39; #Scott Morrison where are you & # 39;
& # 39; We want this hashtag and these images to be trending & # 39 ;, is the Instagram message.
& # 39; Why? Because we want ATTENTION and need help. We want Scott Morrison to see this. & # 39;
Australia is currently on the eve of the most serious drought ever recorded.
A campaign in the social media calling on the prime minister to act for farmers has gained momentum last week
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