Coali­tion pop­u­lar­ity drop linked to plan ap­proach

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Dear ed­i­tor, I am not sur­prised with the Coali­tion’s de­clin­ing pop­u­lar­ity in re­gional Aus­tralia, as out­lined in polls re­leased this week.

I live and work in the Mur­ray Val­ley re­gion of NSW where govern­ment ig­no­rance is cost­ing jobs and af­fect­ing the so­cial fab­ric of com­mu­ni­ties.

The $10 bil­lion Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan is sup­pos­edly de­signed to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment, but has fun­da­men­tal flaws and se­ri­ous prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

This was high­lighted in a Sen­ate In­quiry re­port re­leased ear­lier this year that is sit­ting on a shelf gath­er­ing dust, pre­sum­ably be­cause its com­mon-sense rec­om­men­da­tions are too con­fronting for politi­cians to address.

At some point we need to ac­cept the re­al­ity which was ex­posed in the Sen­ate In­quiry, and take proac­tive ac­tion to fix it.

With­out doubt the Basin Plan has se­ri­ous flaws, as do as­pects of water pol­icy at state and fed­eral level.

This is im­pact­ing coun­try com­mu­ni­ties and there is in­creased anger not only at the so­cial and eco­nomic con­se­quences of poor pol­icy, but also the in­abil­ity of govern­ment to address it.

When the Turn­bull Govern­ment ac­cepts there is a prob­lem and works with re­gional com­mu­ni­ties on so­lu­tions, it may well find its stocks ris­ing.

Yours etc., Shel­ley Scoullar Mayrung

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