Coalition popularity drop linked to plan approach
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