Pollies silent on Basin
Dear Editor, Members of Parliament are elected by the people and as such hold that position of power to represent, serve and be the voice of their electorate.
For many years the communities of the southern connected basin have implored their elected members to listen to them and take action on the impacts that the Murray Darling Basin Plan implementation is having socially, economically and environmentally.
We have always said that when the next drought arrives, the cumulative impacts of the Basin Plan policies will result in the collapse of farms, reliant businesses and rural communities and that is exactly what is happening right now.
There is a catastrophe unfolding in northern Victoria and southern NSW, yet there is a deafening silence from our political leaders, Prime Minister Morrison and Opposition Leader Mr Shorten, who never so much as mention the Murray Darling Basin or the tragically flawed Basin Plan, despite the fact this is the food bowl of our nation, and will have a dramatic affect on our economy as agricultural businesses continue to collapse.
Water Minister Littleproud has refused to assist. He refused point blank to pause the plan to allow time to review and revise it, and the Labor Party led by Shadow Water Minister Burke have already introduced a Bill stating they will reverse the 1500GL cap on buybacks, therefore assuring the destruction of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
As the Basin Plan moves from the acquisition of ‘so-called water savings’ and modelling stage of proposed environmental flows, it is evident that the reality of implementation, it is simply not working and is creating massive impacts.
The initial proposals that ‘‘no-one would be worse off’’ and ‘‘no water entitlements will be eroded’’ have proven to be totally incorrect.
Candidates for seats in northern Victoria and southern NSW in the up-coming federal election cannot expect to rely on their traditional grass roots supporters, unless they accurately reflect their view that the Basin Plan must be paused, reviewed and revised due to the plan’s severe consequences on communities.
Yours etc. Jan Beer on behalf of northern Victoria and southern NSW Pause the Basin Plan Group