Archibald pushes for damming of river

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Tay­lar Amonini and Tom Zaun­mayr

One Na­tion’s Pil­bara can­di­date wants to dam the De Grey River near Mar­ble Bar in an ef­fort to boost jobs and ir­ri­ga­tion for pas­toral ac­tiv­i­ties.

David Archibald said damming the De Grey River at Doolena Gorge would help re­alise the Pil­bara’s agri­cul­ture po­ten­tial.

“I’ve cal­cu­lated how much grain the Pil­bara could grow based on in its an­nual flows,” he said.

“The first thing we should do is build a dam at Doolena Gorge and ir­ri­gate down­stream from that.

“There are other dam sites through­out the Pil­bara, which could be utilised and ac­cessed to build up the beef in­dus­try apart from some grain.” The Nja­mal Peo­ple’s Trust, tra­di­tional owner group of the area in ques­tion, failed to re­spond by time of print.

Mr Archibald has been on the de­fen­sive since day one of cam­paign­ing, forced to de­fend con­tro­ver­sial com­ments made about ho­mo­sex­u­als, the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion and sin­gle moth­ers.

In a 2015 Quad­rant ar­ti­cle, Mr Archibald wrote how sin­gle moth­ers should not re­ceive Gov­ern­ment fund­ing be­cause they were “too lazy” to at­tract and hold a mate.

“These are women too lazy to at­tract and hold a mate, un­do­ing the work of pos­si­ble three mil­lion years of evo­lu­tion­ary pres­sure,” he said.

“This will re­sult in a rapid rise in the por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that is lazy and ugly. “We know what causes preg­nancy these days so ev­ery­one who gets preg­nant out­side of mar­riage is a vol­un­teer.

“This is an easy one for de­fund­ing.”

When asked if he stood by the com­ments, Mr Archibald ex­plained he meant a par­tic­u­lar sub­cul­ture of sin­gle moth­ers.

“I’m not talk­ing about peo­ple whose hus­bands die, I’m not talk­ing about wi­d­ows, I’m not talk­ing about or­phans,” he said.

“I’m talk­ing about peo­ple who, as the ar­ti­cle said, any­one who gets preg­nant out­side of mar­riage is a vol­un­teer.”

Pil­bara Greens can­di­date Brent McKenna said Mr Archibald had no place in mod­ern Aus­tralia.

Pic­ture: Larissa Rice

David Archibald with Mur­ray Nixon, Ross Wood and Geoff Pear­son.

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