ANZ Bank has been at the forefront of public anger at farm foreclosures, after The Australian told of the distressing case of Charlie Phillott, 80, pushed from his home of 54 years, Carisbrooke station, near Winton, in March by the ANZ. to support farmers choosing to relocate off their land when debts turn bad, and increased funding for financial counselling focussed on towns hardest hit by drought. “We always hope it will rain and farmers are hoping for it too, but we knew we had to do something now to take some of the community pressure away,” Mr Chronican said. “I’d like to see other major lenders in the sector do similar things, but we also need to think in a broader context — and this will mean governments — about how do we enable people in an unviable situation on land that will never be productive, to make an honourable move off their farms?
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