Why the promise of a National Water Grid is laughable

My response to Michael McCormack's thought bubble promise of a National Water Grid. 

The idea that this proposed new water authority would be free of political agendas when there would still be a Coalition minister at the helm, is laughable. So too, their complete flip in saying they’ll take advice of experts, after ignoring them with the Murray Darling Basin which is in a state of near complete collapse.

It is incredibly arrogant of Michael McCormack to stand up at the National Press Club yesterday and announce; “we know the key to unlocking the potential of regional Australia is simple – just add water.

They, and their NSW counter-parts, have wasted more water than probably any other government in history.

They have had two terms and all the resources of a Government, and yet regional Australia is on its knees with no water and no immediate solution insight.

The idea that this proposed new water authority would be free of political agendas when there would still be a Coalition minister at the helm, is laughable.

So too their complete flip in saying they’ll take advice of experts, after ignoring them with the Murray Darling Basin which is in a state of near complete collapse.

The current Watergate scandal involving MP Joyce is a clear example that we simply can’t trust putting the fox in charge in charge of the hen house again.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if all we focus on dams, we will be damned!

This concept is redundant when there is no water and when the government have squandered the water that was in the dams, landscape and rivers before this crisis.

Water governance is broken. As a minimum MP Joyce and the Coalition have been incompetent. More likely though they have acted illegally and there are valid questions as to whether there has been corruption.

It seems likely that only a Royal Commission can answer these questions and present a set of findings and recommendations to restore the integrity of water governance, security and availability for the nation.

We need a national strategy and system for water, together with a national agriculture strategy to create real resilience for production. We need to support farmers and other land managers to act as environmental stewards. We need to restore the health of our soils, vegetation and landscape function for water and food security in a way that also addresses climate risks.

This is a defining moment for our nation and humankind.

The promise of a National Water Grid is just a giant thought bubble and a desperate pitch that I know voters are smart enough to see through”.