Weird green science sells the people up the river
The green people consulted “the science” and demanded human sacrifice to the river to make it well.
The writer of the Murray darling Commission draft report, that suddenly became a guide to the draft report (yet to be seen), declared that the legislation establishing the Commission required him to ignore the socio-economic effects of taking away irrigation entitlements and first concentrate on the wellbeing of the river – very green.
Trouble is the Water Act establishing the Commission in fact did require the Commission to consider the impact on people, communities and livelihoods. Section 3 (c) of the Water Act clearly sets out that the objectives of the Act include economic and social considerations.
Clearly the Commission headed by Mr Michael Taylor simply chose to limit their interpretation of the legislation and ignore the plight of individuals and families whose livelihoods are threatened by bureaucrats who say they know better.
Enter the Minister, or rather exit the Minister.
Tony Burke is paid a ministerial salary to be responsible for administration of his department and creation and development of policy. Under the Westminster system the Minister makes the policy and the bureaucrats carry it out. Not the other way round.
And yet as thousands of victims of the Government’s policies and the Commission’s draft report (sorry guide) who are refusing to be destroyed without a fight, the Minister refuses to face them like a man (sorry Minister) and instead hides behind the bureaucratic Commission and its bureaucratic Chairman.
The result is that the bureaucrat who interpreted the legislation in accordance with Government policy, which in turn was designed to appease the Greens, is copping the flak the Minister should wear and deal with.
Give back the Ministerial salary – you are not earning it!
Next – the Ministerial Statement, full of weasel words, implying empathy with the victims of the policy. Try this quote from the statement “… we all know the beauty of our landscape is inseparable from how we view ourselves”!
Or – “the river is woven into the lives and psyches of proud communities who history is etched into our nation’s story, and part of the lives of any Australian who likes to eat”. Give me Dorothea Mackellar’s words in ‘My Country’ anyday.
Minister Burke’s Statement is a backdown. He uses the Australian Government Solicitor as the excuse to say Mr Taylor’s interpretation of the legislation, repeated frequently at the public meetings Minister Burke refuses to attend, was wrong.
Mr Taylor, obeying the policy of Mr Burke, repeatedly said the Water Act was the work of the previous government (Howard), and made no provision to consider the social and economic repercussions on equal footing with the welfare of the river.
Well now the Government Solicitor says this is wrong and Mr Taylor and his Commission should have considered these things – so now he will.
What a mess!
And with all the cries from Minister Combet that industry needs ‘certainty’ regarding a Carbon Tax, what about some certainty for the farmers!
But the Greens are begging for more farmers’ blood. Senator Hyphen (Hanson-Young) tells farmers they have to “do more with less water” and ensure “river communities can be guided through a difficult transition time”. Never a word of feeling for individual farmers and rural businesspeople who work hard to provide food on the table for the latte lot that prefer the environment over people.
As the ALP Government Minister Burke backs away begging for understanding (for him) and consensus for whatever comes out of the Commission’s reconsideration, you can bet the real power in the Labor/Greens alliance will push for more human sacrifice to their avaricious utopian ideology.
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