Many of us learnt at school that the great Nile River sustained Egypt through floods that nourished the fertility of the river’s floodplain.
Our Murray and Darling Rivers are no different.
It’s in Australia’s national interest to protect and restore the Murray Darling Basin. Disconnect the river from the floodplain and you destroy the fertility of the land.
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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.
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In their haste to get an agreement on national management of the Murray Darling Basin Kevin Rudd and Mike Rann quite literally sold the dream.
Now, as Mike Rann realises the deal he signed has left the Southern Basin high and dry despite floods flowing into the system up north, the South Australian Premier has been left so impotent that all he can do is write a letter to the Prime Minister.
It is reminiscent of the satirical movie Team America: World Police who lampooned former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix over his incapacity to bring North Korea to heel, with his character saying:
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