The fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of sell­ing peo­ple out

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, It ap­pears in­com­pre­hen­si­ble that while the peo­ple in ir­ri­gation ar­eas con­sis­tently elect Lib­eral and Na­tional Party mem­bers to state and fed­eral par­lia­ment, these same politi­cians in­tro­duced and main­tain the Wa­ter Act 2007.

The Wa­ter Act 2007 is the worst leg­is­la­tion these peo­ple have ever suf­fered un­der.

Na­tional and Lib­eral Party politi­cians then fol­low up by in­sist­ing ad-nau­seum that the sub­se­quent Basin Plan “will be de­liv­ered in full and on time”, with part of this de­liv­ery be­ing the pre-Christ­mas 2018 re­moval of an ad­di­tional 450 gi­gal­itres from agri­cul­tural use.

It should be un­der­stood that there are great fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits for politi­cians be­ing in gov­ern­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the $165,000 plus ex­penses base pay, NSW Gov­ern­ment politi­cians are awarded var­i­ous par­lia­men­tary min­istries, sec­re­tar­iats and speak­ers’ roles, adding an ad­di­tional $18,000 to $110,000 per an­num plus ex­penses to their in­come.

In fact, of the 23 NSW Na­tion­als Mem­bers of State Par­lia­ment, 17 have ad­di­tional min­istries while only six do not.

The fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of form­ing gov­ern­ment, and the need to be in coali­tion with the Lib­eral Party to do so, and the Lib­er­als’ need to ap­peal to Green ori­en­tated metropoli­tan vot­ers ex­plains the oth­er­wise in­com­pre­hen­si­ble Na­tional Party sup­port for the Wa­ter Act and Basin Plan.

While they may have orig­i­nally en­tered par­lia­ment with the in­ten­tion of do­ing good, it ap­pears that they are do­ing very, very well in­stead.

The un­for­tu­nate fact for peo­ple in ir­ri­gation ar­eas is that to form gov­ern­ment in NSW ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party needs to ap­peal to the vot­ers in New­cas­tle, Syd­ney and Wol­lon­gong.

These vot­ers have no agri­cul­tural in­ter­ests, and most of them in­cor­rectly think the Wa­ter Act and Basin Plan are sav­ing the Mur­ray River.

They also elect 70 of the 93 Mem­bers of the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly while the peo­ple in the rest of the state elect 23.

The metropoli­tan mem­bers of par­lia­ment, as well as some from the coastal re­gions, will not vote in sup­port of the ir­ri­gation or forestry in­dus­tries.

The peo­ple of the Rive­rina need to form a state sep­a­rate from NSW.

There is no happy fu­ture for the peo­ple in the ir­ri­gation, forestry and as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries while they are dom­i­nated by metropoli­tan politi­cians.

Only by be­ing part of a sep­a­rate state can the peo­ple of the Rive­rina form and en­joy a pros­per­ous and boun­ti­ful fu­ture.

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