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 Canberra: another demo, more lies and no result!

03.12.19. 2019 should be called the year of the demonstrator! Who’s counting but every day there is a demonstration of one kind or another happening around the world and many report deaths. Yesterday more than a thousand people from the rural Murray region and and about 100 trucks lobbed on Canberra trying to get that abortion called the Murray-Darling Basin Plan altered so people and farms can survive. Water Minister David Littleproud, and Environment Minister Sussan Ley did show up but nothing will happen because the useless Littleproud keeps chanting that the matter is state-controlled. Worthless drones in politics is the prime reason that demonstrations ramp up to the point of violence wherein deaths become a result. But that sort of thing can’t happen in Australia—can it? Just ask any poor farmer at wit’s end saving that last shot for himself? Meanwhile, this mob will go home with empty promises and a decision to put every sitting bastard last on the next ballot! It’s better than jail for murder. See video at bottom.
Protesters have travelled to Parliament House in Canberra calling for an urgent end to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The ‘Can the Plan’ convoy brought buses and trucks of protesters from the northern and southern basin.Source: ABC

‘Can the Plan’ convoy heads to Canberra calling for end to Murray-Darling Basin Plan

About 1,000 people, mostly farmers, attended the rally, with close to 100 trucks in convoy.
The convoy carried signs that read: “Can the plan”, “No water, no farm, no future”, and “MDBP a no-brainer. It’s not bloody working, wake up”.
Trucks drove laps past Parliament House, slowing traffic, with slogans describing the basin plan as an “unnatural disaster”.
The protesters had created effigies of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Water Minister David Littleproud, and Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
One of the organisers, Barooga farmer Carly Marriott, said the basin plan had devastated her community.
“This is affecting every single person in our community, and we might not be the majority but God we’re important. And you need us,” Ms Marriott told the ABC.
Jon Gatacre, also from Deniliquin, said farmers were sick and tired of “feeling walked over”.
“The politicians aren’t listening to us, so we have to come to them to get some answers,” he said.
Deniliquin farmer Dom Garden hoped the protesters’ message would be heard in the capital cities.
“We produce your food, we produce your fibre and we’re hurting — come and help us please” Mr Garden said.
The $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan was signed into law in 2012, with water recovery expected to be complete by 2024.
Water trading and state water sharing arrangements are also contributing to angst in some irrigation communities.
NFF: No plan not the answer
The National Farmers’ Federation did not support the protest, but in a statement said it shared many of the concerns of those rallying.
“No plan is not the answer to this very complex challenge,” NFF president Fiona Simson said in a statement.
Ms Simson said she agreed with those who said “the plan needed to be fixed and fixed now”.
She called for State and Federal Water Ministers to immediately implement the recommendations of theproductivity commission, cease to recover 450 gigalitres of water from farms, ensure the Basin Inspector-General had adequate resources and appropriate powers, and ensure an urgent response to the outcomes of the ACCC water trading study and Sefton socio-economic review.
“Petulance and division from the jurisdictions must be set aside,” Ms Simson said
“People are hurting in many different ways and from many causes.”
MDBA: Ditching the plan does not turn the tap on
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s chief executive, Phillip Glyde, said the basin plan was adaptive and flexible.
“Pausing or ditching the basin plan doesn’t turn the taps or pumps on, and it doesn’t alleviate the pain being felt in these communities during drought,” Mr Glyde said.
“We have to acknowledge the significant pain that people are going through as a result of the drought and the significant pain that has occurred as a result of 15 or more years of water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.
“This is a huge reform and I think the broader Australian community is unaware of the sacrifices that the farming community, the irrigated community, is going through.”
“Roughly 20 per cent of the water that had previously been used, quite legally, by farmers has been returned to the environment because six governments decided and were aware of the science that said if we continued down that path of using that water, we would not have an environment, we would not have a healthy river.”
Water Minister David Littleproud and Environment Minister Sussan Ley were expected to meet with protesting irrigators on Monday afternoon.
Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has repeatedly described the Murray-Darling Basin Plan as “an imperfect plan”.
Last week he called for calm and leadership to see the plan delivered in full by 2024.
“There is a supply issue that is very real out there and that’s because it hasn’t rained and water hasn’t run into the rivers,” Mr Littleproud said.
“We’ve got to be calm, rational, use common sense, and make sure that any actions don’t have an unintended consequence.”
A government spokesperson acknowledged there were communities doing it tough across the Murray-Darling Basin.
“We respect the protesters. They are passionate and they’re doing it tough,” the spokesperson said.
“We will continue to support irrigators and all farmers during the drought and continue to step up our support as the drought steps up.
“Scrapping the basin plan will not add any more water to the basin and will not change the way water is shared between NSW, Victoria and South Australia under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement.
“The reality is if we canned the basin plan, not one extra gigalitre would appear in a dam and a future government could implement a worse plan on farmers.”
The protest follows revelations that State and Federal Minsters have required police protection following several violent threats.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson were among those meeting the crowd.

Source: Sky News

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • DT 03/12/2019, 6:07 am

    It does appear that too many people do not understand the complications of federal-state responsibilities and constitutional powers, let alone the UN treaty system that both levels of government cooperate with, and both major sides of politics do.

    The Murray-Darling Basin Plan was legislated by the Gillard Labor Government in Canberra, supported by the then Coalition Opposition and state governments.

  • Graham Richards 03/12/2019, 7:18 am

    The “penny will drop” one of theses days and the farmers will realise that the “plan” is a UN / Paris Accord mechanism to drive farmers off the land.

    That’s why the government is reluctant to offer any assistance. It’s not just the Murray Darling Basin that’s suffering. All drought assistance is being delayed. There’s much talk about aid, there’s much talk about action, but there’s no action. The electorate will have have to take action if they want to see the country survive this hoax!

    “Climate Change” will inevitably claim another Government. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

    • DT 03/12/2019, 7:26 am

      Advance Australia.

      No political candidates fielded, Advance Australia supports the best candidate they can accept.

      They supported the Liberal and National MPs under attack by GetUp and saved all but one from defeat by an “Independent”.


  • Pensioner Pete 03/12/2019, 8:05 am

    If State and Federal pollies can sit down and create the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, then there is no reason whatsoever why they cannot sit down again and rip the plan up.

    Nor is there anything stopping these same politicians reaching written agreement to immediately begin construction of dams and vital water infrastructure throughout the nation.

    ScoMo and his mob claim they are helping those suffering from the drought. I beg to differ, one has only to walk around the rural towns affected by drought to quickly come to the realisation, the federal and state governments have done bloody nothing of substance to offset the ravages of drought, anywhere. Lots of promises about money, but all of the offers come with a catch and mountains of paperwork. The most assistance forthcoming to date to those suffering from the drought, comes from volunteers and not for profit organisations.

    • DT 03/12/2019, 9:04 am

      They are blocked by the Union Labor Greens Independents PP, a repeal bill would never pass the Federal Senate let alone Labor State Governments cooperating.

      On the local government via state government front I have been told by a Deputy Mayor that there is a climate emergency and that I should listen to the science. That’s the mentality we are up against.

      Murray-Darling is of course Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

  • Aktosplatz 03/12/2019, 8:37 am

    I don’t think anything has highlighted the incompetence of State and Federal Governments, as this drought.

    This is democracy at its worst, is when a benevolent dictatorship is best.

    Such dictatorships happened in wartime and I think it’s time a National Government was formed as a result of a State of Emergency proclaimed by the Governor General.

    To cover the Drought and Climate Change so that people will be compelled under Oath to explain what needs to be done and why.

    Under Oath – so there are no more lies and buck passing.

    • Peter Sandery 03/12/2019, 10:53 am

      Only one flaw I your plan, Akto, the present MP’s and Senators with few exceptions have sworn or affirmed their fealty to the commonwealth, which presumably means us, and that, demonstrably, has not worked. This reminds me of a story from Bougainville where, in the late 1960’s after a council election one of the elected councillors refused to take the statutorily required oath. This put the powers that be into something of a tiz as they were then having to deal with landowner dis-satisfaction with mining development. The Good and the Great decided that said councillor was therefore unable to hold his seat, the position declared vacant and a by-election resulted, but the same bloke won by an extremely large margin. After repeating this process a couple more times, the issue was resolvde by ignoring the statute and allowing the council to represent the people who voted for him.

  • Penguinite 03/12/2019, 9:03 am

    “Can the Plan”. A pithy little phrase that rolls off the tongue quite easily. Sadly, it will prove to be a wasted exercise unless QLD, VIC and NSW State Governments agree to amend the Water Act that mandates the amount of water that must flow into SA for environmental purposes!

    • DT 03/12/2019, 9:06 am

      UN Agenda 30

      • Graham Richards 03/12/2019, 11:10 am

        When all the regional towns die out where isMorrison going to settle his refugee intake……..tents & camels??

  • Disgruntled 03/12/2019, 1:54 pm

    P P’s statement of “If State and Federal pollies can sit down and create the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, then there is no reason whatsoever why they cannot sit down again and rip the plan up” is ever so right!!! The Plan is a real dog, no disrespects meant to the proper dogs we all love.

    Firstly we should understand early history and why and how all these problems came into being, {The Murray–Darling basin is a large geographical area in the interior of southeastern Australia. Its name is derived from its two major rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River. The basin, which drains around one-seventh of the Australian land mass, is one of the most significant agricultural areas in Australia.} A few links to spend time on- starting from the lower.


    and many articles to go to from this one

    All types of water uses developed over the years and then came greed and the results of those needs and with it the SEPARATION of water from the land where it should have stayed. There are a number of other reasons, too numerous to detail here, but incompetent understanding of outcomes slaked with greed is in my view one the major problems.
    IHMO, any water owner of water without the land that that water cannot be used on should lose their ownership, compensation or NO compensation. Be brutal, hey, some of the effected people are being treated brutally. This would go a long way to bringing sane and affordable water use back.

    AND THEN, The Murray-Darling Basin Plan was developed to improve the health of the river and its floodplains by putting aside water for the environment. The Basin Plan was signed into law November 2012 under the Commonwealth Water Act 2007. ?????? ENVIRONMENTAL WATER ?????? What does this really really mean, can someone properly and sensibly describe what this means, its needs, its causes and effects etc.
    It didn’t exist till the activist greenie types got busy and now it seems to be that the drier it becomes elsewhere the more water has to be given up and at the expense of the whole community of the basin. Fact is historically, pre storage dams, no rain, no water, not even for the environment. Why does the environment think it needs it all? All future Evio. flows should be properly applied for and have proved the need of and also fully reported on the cost/benefit end result. I am not totally against env. flow but later years it has gone completely mad {does seem like a seperate plan eh?} sure would not surprise me!….. now a few more links to browse, mull over and get grumpy with!!





    It is a complex issue and probably can it and start again might be the only fix and then nobody would be happy all over again!!!

    Environment flows and absentee water ownership are two of the most critical things to look at as well as praying for rain!!!
    Sorry for the long rant!! D.

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