"I tell them it is not welfare, it is not charity, it is your fellow Australians giving you a hand back up."
Suggesting that Australia reduce its foreign aid and redirect the money to flood damage reconstruction is counter-productive, argues North West Star editor, Derek Barry.
A spectacular series of photos has emerged of the army doing difficult and dangerous fodder drops.
Major flooding remains across the area from Cloncurry to Hughenden with stock losses expected to be in the many thousands.
The train was stuck in the floods and several of the carriages have been dislodged from the railway track on Thursday as the flood waters rose.
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