Nationals Demand Extra $1.3 Billion In Drought Funding

The Nationals are demanding an extra $1.3 billion be spent on drought-affected communities.

Under a 10-point plan provided to The Guardian and Sky News, the junior coalition partner is calling for councils in drought zones to be given $10 million each.

The Nationals have described the drought as a "seminal issue for the regions" and warned the party could lose votes to One Nation if they don't act.

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has warned the coalition will be booted from government unless they pump more money into the drought.

Barnaby Joyce warns the government must pump more money into the drought. Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

"If this drought keeps going, you've got to go ahead with extra funding, otherwise you just won't be the government," he said on Thursday.

"I know the cabinet is coming forward with a package in the coming week. This has been through the National Party's policy committee, it's been through the Nationals' party room, so it's Nationals' policy.

"People have got to understand the Nationals are driving the drought agenda, we are driving the response to the drought, we are making absolutely certain that we're heard."

Joyce said it was important for people to understand the Nationals were not sitting back and waiting for something to happen.

"We're driving an agenda," he said.

Angus Barclay in drought ravaged Warren. Image: Krystle Wright/supplied

There has been some disquiet within the party about its leadership's stance on the drought, with some concern the prime minister is stealing the party's thunder.

"We don't have to travel to another town to see the drought -- it's in our town," Joyce said.



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"We can see it every day, it's over our back fence, I see it out my front window.

"We understand this, we don't need someone else to explain it to us. We are driving an agenda and making sure our people are looked after."

A swimming area only sign at the near-empty Storm King dam near Stanthorpe in regional Queensland. Image: William West/ AFP/ Getty

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese seized on the latest leak to renew calls for a drought "war cabinet".

"At the moment, what you've got is the National Farmers' Federation that have a plan, the National Party have a plan, Scott Morrison had a leak last night to one of the TV networks about a plan coming out next week," he told the Nine Network.

"For goodness sake, why can't we all sit down and put the national interest first and come up with a coordinated, comprehensive, bipartisan national drought strategy?"