POLITICIANS SHOULD BE TESTED
In times of crisis, we as a country needed to have full confidence in our elected and bureaucratic leaders.
However, history has shown us that all too often leaders have resorted to illicit drugs which has nearly always resulted in a negative impact on the community at large.
When millions of Australians are being forced out of work, our economy is taking a battering, I wonder if it is too much to expect that all politicians and senior bureaucrats are drug tested regularly?
Simply, when I see our bureaucrats and political leaders standing in front of me, or on television with dilated pupils, constant scratching of the same spot for no particular reason, I would like to have confidence that these people have a clear head.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
TIME TO DELIVER ON WATER
Ownership of water, there is so much talk of who owns water (rain), there are so many big names that people throw about, so is it not time for our learned politicians to come clean in regards to ownership of water.
Remember one does not have to own land to own water.
The National Party has failed to deliver on water, the Speak Up Campaign petition that 11,000 people signed against the Murray Daring Basin Plan and with Member for Murray Helen Dalton's help with the petition went before our state Parliament.
The people have called on state and federal government to establish a Public National Water Register to increase the transparency of water ownership across the basin. At the moment it is so complicated it is all hidden, no names.
A call for a Federal Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
It must include a just and broad terms of reference, in relation to the impacts on communities to investigate the harvesting of floodplain along the Darling River, water pumped from the river to fill those big dams, and the lower lakes in South Australia for recreation.
Water is life, it is needed to sustain our rivers, human life, our health, to grow crops, cattle, sheep and our wildlife, to be shared by everyone.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
DON'T LET US DOWN
I am not a farmer, but I live in a rural community who is predominantly reliant on the activity of farmers for our survival.
I have watched the cruel demise of our beautiful communities through the culmination of poor and ill advised water policy decisions.
I was among the thousands who travelled to Canberra to stand united, calling for our government to bring about common sense changes to water management so that the most versatile, diverse and productive food producing region in the country could survive.
During Senate estimates in March the Murray Darling Basin Inspector General Mick Keelty thanked the MDBA for their help and support with his inquiry and sympathised with their role.
The Productivity Commission reported that the MDBA were marking their own homework and should be separated into two organisations with different functions.
Mr Keelty, may I remind you that one of the biggest reasons you are investigating water management is because the MDBA have based the Basin Plan on flawed assumptions and have failed miserably at acting independently. Please do not let our food producers down - expose this nonsense.
Mark Bugge, Cobram, Victoria
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