Make a policy on solution by not winning votes: Speak

Make a policy on solution by not winning votes: Speak

Make a policy on solution by not winning votes: Speak

Closeup of water flowing through a water control gate on an irrigation channel on a sunny day. Photo by lonewolfhome

The community-based Speak Up campaign joins a growing list of organizations that expressed concern over last week’s Labor Party announcement regarding the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin plan.

In particular there is the issue of water repurchases, which Labor’s shadow water minister Terry Butler acknowledged is “an option that has to be pursued” “if we have to”.

Shelley Scholar, president of the Speak Up campaign, said this was a backward move that would affect trust in the Basin Plan and rural communities, with the potential for further social and economic harm to these communities.

“The data is there for everyone to see… The first round of buybacks wiped out some small communities and had serious adverse effects on larger communities. To ensure that this does not happen again, the Basin Ministerial Council launched a strict socio-economic neutrality test to recover excess water. To tear it down would be a tragedy for our rural towns,” said Mrs Scholar.

She congratulated Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville, who was quick to remind her federal Labor colleagues about the “disappointing” policy announcement by opposition leader Anthony Albanese and Ms Butler, adding that Speak Up is expected to see the NSW government. Ms. Neville will join in and emphasize social. Economic benchmarks are maintained.

Mrs Scholar said it is also disappointing that Mr Albanese has so far shown little interest in water policy and has made no effort to visit areas such as NSW Murray to learn more about basin planning and its complexities, Particularly indisputable is the fact that much water is wasted for South Australia, as it would not fit into the Murray River.

“We already have significant environmental damage in trying to turn this iconic river into a creek. Incorrectly designed volumes under basin planning cannot be carried from the Hume Dam to the lower reaches of the Murray. It’s just physical reality,” said Mrs Scholar.

He said it was also disappointing that Ms. Butler ignored correspondence from Speak Up seeking clarification about basin planning policy, in particular the water buyback.

“It is now clear she didn’t want this hot political potato to get out of the bag. So instead, they go to a favorable location in South Australia, which has refused to do any of the ‘heavy lifting’ under the Basin Plan.” have given, and effectively declare that they are happy to sacrifice upstream communities and livelihoods in exchange for South Australian votes.

Mrs Scholar added that communities have worked tirelessly to develop long-term sustainable alternatives to achieve environmental, social and economic solutions to Basin Plan implementation, not only for southern NSW and northern Victoria, but for the basin as a whole, and questioned whether enough research had been done by Labor before announcing the intentions of its basin plan.

“More buybacks would reduce food production and therefore put more pressure on the cost of living for all Australians, which Labor keeps saying it is going to address. Previous buybacks caused massive job losses in regional communities “It seems paradoxical that Labor is happy to see more people out of work. It doesn’t make any sense,” Mrs. Scholar said.

Finally, Mrs Scholar said that if Labor wins the upcoming election she hopes that Mr Albanese and Ms Butler will try to find out more about the implementation of the Basin Plan and work with communities in this complex region, rather than That the South Australian and city-based green be prioritized. Agitation.

“In our region, many individuals and organizations are doing everything within their power to work closely with governments and their agencies to improve water management. There is enough water available for everyone’s needs if we take a sensible, solution-based approach.

“The last thing we need at this point is decisions that aim to secure votes, not a plan with the balanced, common-sense flexibility that political parties, including Labor, have promised since their inception. did.”