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Greg

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What would you like the government to now do about this water problem?
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Greg

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We have placed this matter firmly on the political agenda and voters are receiving good and informative responses ton their Votergrams. Join in and send you own Votergram on this important matter. Voters can have this fixed by fuelling political action and rating how well MPs do - each month.
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Greg

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inland river systems incl Murray Darling are much in election talk so our action is working. It will be important to follow this matter up after the election with feds and now with state MPs.
Let us know if you would be happy to join the taskforce looking at this. Action required continual prodding until it is taken by gov.
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Greg

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There is a new NSW minister to tackle the river issues. I did not see much in the federal budget about it but that does not mean much either. The budget is just a guide to what might happen under some circumstances. The best way to have the Murray Darling issues fixed is to join the Voters Network Inland Waterways task force. None of this party politics. We just want it fixed. That means government control with water taken out only when there is a sufficient height in the river to do so. Irrigation is good on rivers with plenty of water. It is stupid when it pumps the river dry. Government has been asleep at the wheel or doing some dishonest deals.
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Pat1

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More spent on building stadiums than protecting waterways because the big profit sporting conglomerates spend time and money influencing politicians. Voters can lobby through fairgo as they can influence marginal electorates. [scale] 
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Angus1

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It would seem there are just tooooo many cooks spoiling the Murray-Darling broth. Four state Govt's. one Federal Govt., plus the authority set up to manage the water distribution, the SA Govt. Royal Commission, the irrigation groups, the large cotton growers (growing cotton in the driest continent
on earth - ? ? ), the farmers only wanting water for stock, all seem to want to have a say in the matter of water useage.
Follow the money. Funny how the only ones with enough water are the large entities, who (if 4 Corners was correct) were able to coerce the NSW State Govt. controller to be on their side.
So, what is needed ? If it is to be just one overall controller, then maybe it should be a Federal responsibility.
If that is so, then it would need to be very, very competant, because the current situation is impossible.
Australia in total receives plenty of water - more than enough. But it just flows out to sea, with no real attempt to harvest the water and channel or pipe it to where needed. Why not ?  Would a Federal body have the fortitude to progress such an idea ? Probably not. 
 
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Margaret

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Well said. I have been involved in campaign after campaign on this topic for many years, well before Cubbie and its fellow greedy water snatchers.

We were out-manoeuvred  from the beginning, watching the changing of water distribution laws and the trading off of water licences etc that has  now culminated in disaster.

Let's give votergrams a go before we give up entirely. I'm off to write my 100 words.
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Greg

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FairGO will coordinate a Votergram campaign for all those voters who wish to see this river system restored to its former glory. If nobody is interested in taking part we will terminate the topic at the end of next week, Friday February 8th.
Fairgo will offer a special 20% discount for people who would like to send their personal 100 word solution to every MP in the Federal, Qld, NSW, SA & Vic parliaments - over 600 MPs. Those interested can send their message to FairGO via https://fairgo.org/votergrams.php from a laptop or email their message to greg@fairgo.org. The website form is not yet mobile friendly as FairGO's resources are very limited because it is wholly Aussie funded and accepts no grants or subsidies from government lest they compromise its work for voters.
Always remember that if we don't care enough to do something, they (government ) won't care enough to do anything either. They are our representatives, not our rulers.
Voters always guide what governments do, frequently by their disinterest.
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Greg

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The fish kill on the Murray Darling is similar to the problems presented to me by three farmers on the Balonne river below Cubbie Station years ago. Using FairGO's Votergrams we helped them persuade the Queensland government to restore the water to the river. It was a typical FairGO success story which we have replicated over and over for 30 years.
But since then no-one on the river has approached us for assistance to make government do the challenging job of sharing the water with many users in 4 states.
When rescuing a drowing person it is important to keep yourself safe first, for if you drown you cannot rescue anyone. In the case of Murray Darling, the first need is to have the river healthy and flowing well. Only then can it provide water for those along its reaches.
But everybody must be sensible and only take out enough water for the river to keep flowing at full capacity. That means recognising the finite nature of the water in this river system. It is not the mightly Mississippi!
Only voters have the influence to save the river and those who rely on it. Obviously governments cannot or will not. Money cannot buy  favours when voters demand a fair go and back that demand with their votes, free of any party-political preferences.
Together we can solve this. Divided we will all suffer and the river will dry up.
In the end it is up to you and me. If we don't care, why would governments who represent us care?
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