The South Australian Royal Commision report on the enacting of the Murray Darling Basin Plan is scathing. 'Gross negligence' were the words used about the MDBP authority. All along the rivers people have been stealing water. Nevertheless, it seems the rice and cotton farmers are acting legally, so that is surely the problem. NSW rivers dry up downstream while cotton and rice farmers have massive storages of water upstream, as they are entitled to do.
A gazillion river fish have died and our governments do nothing, not even enact any emergency action, perhaps forcing some cotton farms to release some of their massive water storage.
I am tempted to say what the fuck, but as I don't swear, how on earth has this happened? Surely the real issue is growing rice and cotton, both water intensive farming, on the driest continent on Earth. Let Asian countries with tropical rainfall supply us with rice and cotton and hundreds of years of knowing how to grow these crops in a sustainable manner. There is adequate water in Queensland, that should flow through New South Wales and flow on to South Australia to be used along the way in a measured way for agricultural, stock, environmental and township water supply. Yet, it being retained by cotton farms quite legally. The Murray Darling Basin Plan was set up by former Prime Minister John Howard. He has a lot to answer for.
In a few days the Federal Royal Commission report on banking and financial planning will be released, and it is assured it will be scathing. The very fact that dead people were continued to be charged financial service fees speaks a lot. What else can one say than Crooks, Liars, Thieves and Charlatans.
We live in a supposed first world country. It should not be like this.