Shock at water sales
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