Col­lie River’s fu­ture looks grim

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments have poor track records in look­ing af­ter the health and well­be­ing of our fresh­wa­ter rivers.

Many rivers have died, cli­mate change has re­sulted in re­duced rain­fall and ground wa­ter has been over al­lo­cated.

Reg­u­la­tory author­i­ties con­tinue to make silly de­ci­sions, the lat­est ex­am­ple has been to di­vert the south branch of the Col­lie river into a former open-cut coal mine, a huge hole that can hold 29 gi­gal­itres of wa­ter.

The river can no longer take its an­cient path and na­tive fish can no longer mi­grate up­stream.

The fu­ture is very grim for the river down­stream dur­ing sum­mer, low and empty river pools will re­sult in fish deaths and other bad en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts. No man-made lake should rob a river of its wa­ter.

There is an ur­gent need for reg­u­la­tors to com­mit to dinkum pool sup­ple­men­ta­tion of the down­stream south branch river dur­ing sum­mer and to cut out the wishy-washy prom­ises that do not hold wa­ter.

Ed Ri­ley, Col­lie

Bot­tom line has its price

WA has an el­e­vated credit rat­ing, while the The West Aus­tralian re­ports on home­less­ness and home­less camps in Premier Mark McGowan’s own elec­torate (News,11/6), with the death of a home­less man.

It is not enough for the Premier to re­fer this to his eu­phemisti­cally called De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties.

The WA Gov­ern­ment is bask­ing in the ac­co­lades of be­ing el­e­vated by Moody’s in its credit rat­ing.

It is good news for the State’s fi­nan­cial bot­tom line as it means in­ter­est on State debt is re­duced. The Lib­eral Op­po­si­tion will be won­der­ing what hap­pened to their sup­posed man­tle of be­ing bet­ter “eco­nomic man­agers”.

How­ever, though the Gov­ern­ment is to be con­grat­u­lated for sound eco­nomic man­age­ment, we are again re­minded of the pain that has de­liv­ered this eco­nomic re­sult. And that pain has been ex­posed in The West’s ar­ti­cle on home­less­ness.

It is a ques­tion of pri­or­i­ties. The WA Gov­ern­ment has re­port­edly over­seen a fall in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity to 2010 lev­els, with the worst em­ploy­ment fig­ures in two decades.

The aus­ter­ity cam­paign of the Gov­ern­ment is at the ex­pense of the com­mu­nity. Home­less­ness, pre­ma­ture deaths, ris­ing crime, youth de­spair — these are all the crown of thorns that the Premier must wear, while at the same time bank­ing the (un­ex­pect­edly large) roy­al­ties de­liv­ered by the mono-economy of iron ore min­ing.

Mr Premier — where is your con­science?

Jerome Frewen, West Perth

Tired of this cru­elty

On Mon­day on Manus Is­land, a refugee tried to end his own life by self-im­mo­la­tion. He is not the first to have done so and he will not be the last.

Four men de­tained by Aus­tralia for al­most six years are in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion as a re­sult of at­tempted sui­cide since last month’s elec­tion.

Twelve men have died as a re­sult of their in­car­cer­a­tion on Manus and Nauru since 2013.

Aus­tralia’s de­ten­tion of asy­lum seek­ers on Pa­pua New Guinea was found to be il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional by the PNG Supreme Court in April 2016, but the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment seems to have no re­gard for the rule of law.

Aus­tralia’s de­ten­tion on Nauru of asy­lum seek­ers, 90 per cent of whom were sub­se­quently recog­nised as refugees, en­ti­tled to our pro­tec­tion, was il­le­gal when they were sent there. Two years later, LNP and La­bor voted to­gether to make this in­hu­man­ity le­gal.

Noth­ing jus­ti­fies this cru­elty. Asy­lum seek­ers have not bro­ken any law. As an Aus­tralian, I am sick­ened by our na­tion’s con­tin­ued in­hu­man­ity to peo­ple less for­tu­nate than our­selves. Mar­i­lyn Beech, Al­bany

The West’s re­port yes­ter­day.

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