TAKE TIME BEFORE VOTING
I have been following Helen Dalton's battle to get ownership of water documented so that the public could see who owns our precious water.
There is a register on land so its no big secret who owns what so what is the big problem making available to general public? Isn't amazing that politicians stick together like s--- to a blanket to overrule Helen's bid to make it public.
A while back Pauline Hanson tried to get a motion passed to give our struggling diaries farmers a fair deal than getting one dollar a litre for their milk but no, who voted against it?
The National Party for some reason, unfair trading what a load of hog wash, does China treat us fair?
Next election I would ask voters to take the same time choosing your representative as you do building a new house or buying that car that you have been saving for.
I have been supporting the Country Party or the Nationals for 62 years and have given up on them.
Of later years Kay Hull was the best pollie we ever had not like the bunch now all they can sit beside our Great Prime Minister with a big grin on the face, it's about time they got off they seats in comfortable Canberra and started representing country voters.
I am not a irrigation farmer but I can see they are being choked out by the big money people I just wonder how we are going to survive on nuts, maybe grow hair and a tail.
Greg McCarten, Griffith
EXODUS OF WORKERS TO COAST
It is interesting to hear the government is trying to encourage Australians to work on farms. The Commonwealth government is allowing money earned as a fruit picker to not impact government support payments.
This is a move that is surely needed.
I am hearing from backpackers in Griffith that by the end of this month over 100 backpackers are leaving town to seek work on the coast. The majority of backpackers have completed the working requirement for their visa extension and there will be no workers to replace them.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
WHERE ARE THE JUST TERMS?
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a meg of water. They both fell down broken by the crown and the bill came tumbling after!
Back in 2002, 15 per cent of general security (GS) and five per cent of High security (HS) water was taken from Jack and Jill (farmers) by the crown (the NSW government) in the Murrumbidgee valley with a further 10 per cent (GS) and three per cent of (HS) acquired from the NSW Murray Valley farmers. The rightful owners of this water, the farmers, have never been paid by the state government for the acquisition even though they must pay all the charges associated with that water.
In 2002, farmers were told that these parcels of water were voluntary contributions towards the environment and it was a temporary measure that would be later rectified in legislation. The farmers did not legally sign over such property rights to the state government. This water was never returned and since 2002, has automatically been swiped off starting allocations removing the amount of water available to grow food and fibre. This has contributed to an over inflated water market and is holding people to ransom, as the NSW State Government now owns water in its own right. It is well past time to return water that it doesn't own.
The water removed from both valleys under the guise of 'voluntary contributions' is approximately 704,100ML which has caused a minimum of $320,365,500 in lost production and, perversely, no quantifiable improvement to our environment. This is a huge loss to NSW in a time where we are all left vulnerable to economic downturn due to COVID-19.
Farmers in both valley's like Jack and Jill are at wits ends to make ends meet and have been broken by the crown, the NSW Government. Where are the just terms here? This is fast becoming a question of legality.
Tanya Ginns, Murrami
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