WHEN WILL THE RAIN COME?

THAT QUESTION has been on the minds of Australians for many weeks and months. We've been experiencing severe drought for an extended period, and many areas are bound by stringent water restrictions. My own area, Melbourne, is now on stringent Stage 3 restrictions, and it's been sobering to be permitted to water your garden only a few hours on two days of the week.

Farmers are among the hardest hit, being dependent on crops for their livelihood. But consumers are also feeling knocked by escalating food prices. For so many, rain is seen as synonymous with the general welfare, with a better and healthier life, and necessary productivity.

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