Thank you to the Convoy to Canberra
It was an extraordinary sight in Canberra this week as over 3000 Southern Basin farmers and small businesses, their families and supporters, descended upon the lawns of Parliament House.
The protestors were there in a desperate plea to save their livelihoods - they chanted "No Water No Food" in the hope that someone inside the Canberra bubble would hear them.
Thank you to the organisers of the Convoy to Canberra; you have shown your politicians the courage of your convictions and how to support and respect those who feed the nation.
As I walked around and chatted with the protesters, I could see that they are exasperated, they are angry, they are infuriated and they are facing financial ruin by being denied access to water during drought.
The job of a farmer is one few of us would apply for: long and unpredictable hours, variable income, outcomes determined by the weather, physically demanding, isolated locations and during times of extreme drought farmers watch their crops die, they are forced to cull their herds, and their ability to provide for their families is crushed and they still need to keep their bank manager on their side.
The problems of the Murray Darling Basin could have been solved long ago if politicians and their bureaucracies listened to farmers and their communities. Farmers have better things to do than take two days out to protest in Canberra.
For those farmers who were there, thank you for coming and speaking out and your ongoing perseverance. You stood shoulder to shoulder for all the farmers throughout the Basin. Solidarity and the use of factual data in your arguments will bring change.
One Nation is continuing to listen to farmers to improve our Plan for fixing the Murray Darling Basin's water mismanagement.
A copy of our interim Plan is available from my office or published on facebook.com/malcolmrobertsonenation/.
Senator Malcolm Roberts
Water piped by Whitehaven coal
I am a coastal person but feel empathy with those living in rural areas like many others.
Water is a necessary and scarce commodity for all!
There is only a set amount of water available in the system at any one time. It is known that groundwater is also being depleted. People in towns need water first, then crops grown for food.
It is wrong for any local, state or federal government to sanction further water use through pipelines for high use industries when it is a scarce and depleting resource, which the life of people and animals are dependent on.
I support farming rights to use water under existing use above newer incoming industries, high water users and foreign multinationals.
Farming and rural communities can only be sustainable with a guaranteed water supply.
Lobby the Government and vote for those who will support you and fight for your cause.
People are sick of party politics and our unjust voting system. Independents seem to have the power. Maybe that is the way to go.
Anna Kearney, Wangi Wangi