DAIRY FARMERS ARE LEAVING THE LAND
In March of this year 2019 Victoria has delivered a million megalitres of environmental water to the Murray Darling Basin, 10 times more than NSW contributes.
It has to do with the former Federal Labor Government on buying high reliability Victoria entitlements for the environment.
The Commonwealth and Victorian Water Holder, held 729,224 megalitres of the state's water in Eildon, Dartmouth, Hume and other storages (Burrinjuck and Blowering dams).
The Commonwealth bought 23 per cent of northern Victoria's water since 2007, there is now less water on the market and dairy farmers are facing hard times with the price of their milk and water.
Our dams were built to irrigate and produce food in times of drought.
The farm gate milk price bill then went to the federal parliament and was defeated, the Liberal, National government and Cory Bernardi voted no 36 to 35, it had something to do with our free trade agreements, by the way by giving our dairy farmers a farm gate price for milk it would be called "socialism", but it is alright when it comes to subsidising overseas interest in solar and wind farmers to the tune of $4 to $5 billion.
Before deregulation of the milk industry in 2000, Australia had 22,000 dairy farmers, in 2019 it's down to 6000.
Since 2001 northern Victoria and Riverina milk production was 3.3 billion litres and since the beginning of 2019 the estimated milk production is down to 1.8 billion litres.
Drought, high water prices and the farm gate price mean farmers are leaving the industry.
The number of dairy farmers has fallen in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation from 2800 down to 1119 and in the Riverina from 250 to 89 and the job losses?
What has gone wrong with today's politicians that they will vote against their own people?
Too many free trade agreements for a population of 25 million.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
WHERE ARE THE WATER RESTRICTIONS?
My question; is why hasn't Griffith got water restrictions?
It amazes me there is a severe drought and you go to Griffith and there is water running from where sprinklers are running.
Have the council got their heads in the clouds? Farmers can't grow their crops because they can't get water to feed these ignorant people.
Farmers are battling to survive and keep the food on their plates and they have no restrictions.
Marlene Shannon, Ardlethan
HONG KONG NO LONGER SYMBOL OF PEACE
This year my daughter and I hosted an exchange student from Hong Kong.
Waiting at the International Airport in Sydney for her to depart two days after the Hong Kong airport was shut down was stressful. The thought of 'was the airport going to be open when she landed keep going through our minds'.
At that point I understood the motivation of the protesters. Their point was clearly being made. As I sat at Sydney International Airport for my daughter to depart on her leg of the exchange, I am wondering what the Hong Kong protesters are trying to achieve.
Over this past six months we have had to keep in close contact with the exchange sister.
I keep reminding myself that it is the domestic affairs of China and Hong Kong and not to worry, but in these last few weeks as the protests seem to have got out of control, I have lost confidence in sending my daughter to Hong Kong.
So on the day we so expected her to visit the traditional peaceful symbol of success in Asia that was Hong Kong, she is going to Vietnam because of concerns about safety.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
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