Shock at wa­ter sales

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

I AM amazed to find out that wa­ter in Aus­tralia is be­ing traded as a com­mod­ity, owned and traded by busi­ness peo­ple, cor­po­ra­tions and over­seas in­vestors as well as landown­ers. Who sold our wa­ter to these peo­ple and cor­po­ra­tions? I al­ways as­sumed wa­ter was owned and dis­trib­uted by the Com­mon­wealth and states and ter­ri­to­ries. The Aus­tralian Govern­ment must take back own­er­ship.

It is wrong that pri­vate peo­ple and en­ter­prises “own” our wa­ter and are price goug­ing farm­ers and landown­ers. Of­fer­ing hundreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to farm­ers only in­creases their even­tual debt, when what is needed is long-term se­cu­rity. Dams must be started by all states to catch wa­ter from rivers that flood ev­ery year and pipe the ex­cess into in­land catch­ments us­ing so­lar pumps. As well, it is time to name and shame all politi­cians and oth­ers who own wa­ter rights yet don’t own farms. Daniel Webb


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