The Coalition has conjured up a great policy idea and Tony Abbott should latch onto it. He’ll be damned if he doesn’t.
Of course, there are a few practical issues with the opposition’s draft plan to build up to 100 new dams across the country. The cost could be astronomical – approaching the levels of Labor’s National Broadband Network. Well, about half the cost of that actually, but it’s still a hefty price tag.
There are also environmental concerns to consider. No construction project should proceed if it will bring undue harm to the environment. Green groups will undoubtedly protest loudly against any dam proposals.
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Bob Brown is ever the opportunist, even if his timing leaves a very bad taste in everyone’s mouths.
His recent pronouncement that our coal industry is to blame for the devastation caused by the floods in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania is both absurd and insensitive.
All the experts, whatever their views on climate change, agree that the increased rainfalls are driven by the long-established cycles of La Nina weather events, just as El Nino is associated with drought.
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While the majority of urban Australians get back to work after a rejuvenating holiday, Queenslanders begin the new decade trying to escape the rising floodwaters. The social and economic impacts from the floods are likely to be felt for some time.
The floods in the Murray-Darling Basin have affected lives and livelihoods, crops have been damaged, though for many it has also brought much needed water and rejuvenated pastures.
All of this water may lead many people to assume that the environmental problems in the Murray-Darling Basin have been solved, but this is far from the truth.
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