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LETTERS: Let us know what you think. Email jtletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au. Include your full name and address.

VINNIES HERE TO HELP

VINNIES Queensland is here to help drought affected farming families. With more than 57 per cent of the state in drought, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland is ready to support drought affected families and communities.

Vinnies Drought Relief for Queensland Farming Communities Appeal helps struggling families in regional Queensland, not only through severe financial strain caused by drought but by providing food, fuel, bills, water and feed for livestock. We need the public to help us raise more funds to assist as many drought affected Queenslanders as possible. Every dollar donated goes directly to the victims of this devastating disaster. Your donations help keep a roof over their heads and livelihoods alive. 

Vinnies is a permanent presence, providing assistance throughout the state, reaching out and giving a hand up to people who have lost or are losing everything. When rain comes, as we pray it does, we will still be there offering assistance to drought-affected families as they rebuild lives. 

Farmers and regional communities are the backbone of Queensland. They need our help now. To make a donation, visit http://bit.ly/HelpQLDFarmingCommunities or phone 131812. If you need help call the Vinnies Helpline on 1800 846 643.

Dennis Innes, state president, St Vincent de Paul Society

DROUGHT LEVY ON MILK?

I WOULD pay an extra 10c a litre. It won't make me buy supermarket branded milk. I have always supported farm milks and will continue to do so, regardless of the price.

- M Loader, via Facebook

WE pay up to $2.50 a litre so my conscience is clear that our family did not help ruin a fair go for family farm businesses. $1.10 a litre should be a breeze.

- G. Lochel, via Facebook

NO. Farmers are businesses … and all businesses suffer through hard times. It is a risk. Given the majority of farming is owned overseas, I am reluctant to think this would help Jo Blo feed his family. What happened to their riches when Australian agriculture was at its peak? All businesses have ups and downs. It’s part of the ride. What happens when they recover? Milk prices stay the same and retailers pocket the rise. For a country suffering in the agricultural sector, a lot of people seem to have wool over their eyes.

- K. Dawes, via Facebook

YES, we buy the more expensive milk anyway. Yes we need to support Aussie business or one day we will have none.

- W. Fryer, via Facebook