Friday, February 01, 2019

Liars, Thieves and Charlatans

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.

18 comments:

  1. It should not be like this, but it is. I (probably naively) put it down to the worship of the great god profit, which seems to drive so many decisions.

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    1. Undoubtedly EC. Wealthy shareholders to look after.

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  2. Well said Andrew and Elephant's Child I agree with you both.It seems that to the politicians,NSW ends on the outskirts of Sydney, as the NSW Premier said this week I don 't care about fish I care about people. She just doesnt seem to understand the connection.The overdevelopment in Sydney and the lack of action for the rural areas seems to indicate to me that she cares for neither.

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    1. Cheryl, like most politicians, she has been a terrible disappointment. Victoria, that is Melbourne with a different political party is just as overdeveloped. It just cannot go on. Rural voters have and will continue to turn aginast conservative parties if they are neglected.

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  3. Anonymous9:17 am

    Little Johnny Rotten has never been held accountable for anything. As for the idea of bankers going to jail for their malfeasances, not under this government which had to be dragged kicking and screaming to hold a RC. Fortunately, an election is coming. Meanwhile a Liberal scare campaign idea. 'Labour will steal your child's piggy bank.'

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    1. Ian, it does bemuse me that he is now held up as 'the great wise one'. That is not how I remember him. Best get busy hiding our money under our beds, I suppose.

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  4. Anonymous9:18 am

    The above anonymous at 9.17am was from Ian.

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  5. The NSW premier said Of course I care about fish but honestly I care more about people. She has a strange way of showing it

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    1. Cheryl, I am sure she is not a stupid person. Surely she understands how these matters all connect. If she said the to pacify voters, I very much doubt it worked.

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  6. I blame "fast fashion" of all that crappy cheap cotton clothing that just gets worn a couple of times and thrown into the land fill.
    When I see all those dead and dying fish on TV ... I just shudder.

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    1. Lady J. I just hate cheap clothing, but still I do buy but I keep things for years. Too long at times. But when I see a garment that is absurdly cheap, and you calculate that the retailer and the wholesaler are still making profits, what damage has the production of that garment done to people and the environment where it was produced.

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    1. Margaret, we all seem to agree on that.

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  8. I feel sick when I think about it :(

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    1. Fen, the forces are very powerful and we can only do so much.

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  9. I agree with you Andrew, why farm water intensive rice and cotton? I wonder what will happen after the outcome of the Royal Commission, will anything change apart from banks paying fines? It seems to be all about profits and not about people or feelings!

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    1. Sami, we will just have to wait and see, but it has been good at least that so much has been exposed.

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  10. Meanwhile, SA continues to die for lack of water :(
    Years ago when "they" first began growing rice, I told everyone I knew it was a bad idea, then "they" started growing cotton as well.....

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