Our Plan for the Murray Darling Basin – Senator Malcolm Roberts

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FAQ

If you restore the Menindee Lakes will Broken Hill take it’s water from there again?

With the $500m pipeline form, the Murray to Broken Hill completed, we suggest continuing to use that for Broken Hill critical human water, with the Menindee Pipeline as a fallback.

This increases the water available to sustain communities between Menindee and Wentworth.

What about the Overland Water Project

A: As we mentioned, there are many river systems in the basin that are parched, landlocked strings of billabongs.  This means they only connect with the MDB in times of flood. The CEWH seems to have trouble with the concept of ‘sharing’ and without due consultation, has proposed an unscientific, unprofessional grab for irrigation water for the environment (SDL acquisition). Then they want to waste that precious water by flooding it over the dry land bridge to force it into the Darling then the Murray, and ultimately into the Coorong.

This process means the CEWH planning on using water that rural communities are desperate to create a man-made flood, in a drought, to force northern water down the Murray to flush out the Coorong. We would not need to do that if we hadn’t built the drains to send Coorong’s water into the southern ocean in the first place.

One Nation will put a stop to this program.

You are spending a lot of money.

We are spending half of the remaining $6 billion in the MDB fund, and expect to be able to return the other half to taxpayers.

So the Environment does not get any more water?

Not true. The drains project will return 500 – 600GL a year on average into the MDB, which the Coorong is a part of. One Nation cannot see that the environment needs any more than that.

Remember the environmental water that was already in the basin at the start of the plan was never counted in environmental water. All that water NSW was sending into the Macquarie and Gwydir wetlands was treated as though it did not exist. However, the environment is still getting that water plus the 2082gl so far in SDL acquisitions plus another 500gl from the drains. The real figure for environmental flows is probably over 10,000GL when you include rainfall directly onto non-farm land. That is enough.

Is 500GL enough to restore the Coorong to its natural state

The Coorong only holds an average 200GL of water in total. The lower Coorong, which is now hyper-saline, holds between 80GL and 120GL depending on the time of year. 500gl is enough to restore the Coorong of Storm Boy. South Australia will benefit from the tourism and fishing that this will bring.

Explain the northern environmental water buyback

Early in the MDB acquisitions, the Government purchased 450GL in the northern basin for the environment. This water was not needed. The NSW Government at the time was already using 72% of water in the area for environmental purposes, wetlands like the Macquarie and Gwydir wetlands were already healthy.

Perhaps Water Minster Wong did not realise that the northern basin only flows into the Darling River in times of flood. Most years the northern rivers terminate in the Macquarie Marshes. That 450GL of environmental water is a stranded asset.  The CEWH is creating new wetlands just to use it up. Now they are suggesting the overland water project to flood that water over into the Darling. This will use up most of the water in seepage and evaporation and is a really bad idea.

One Nation calls on the Minister to admit their error.  It is time to cease destroying the dryland environment to create wetlands that do not exist and to restore 200GL of that water to irrigators.

Are you sure about the Lower Lakes?

We spent a great deal of time getting to the bottom of the science of the lower lakes. Studies of marine organisms and sediment cores prove the lakes were saline. However, this is not as many people think, permanently a mix of fresh and salt.

The lakes alternated between fresh and salt. The flow from the Murray/Darling kept the lakes mostly fresh. In times of extended drought, the rivers ran dry and seawater came in, causing the lower lakes to be saline. In the transition periods, the lakes had freshwater plumes on top of saltwater.

We will never restore the flow to the lakes to ensure they are 100% fresh. That would require closing down agriculture and rural communities across the basin. South Australia also uses this water, indeed Adelaide is the only capital city that takes its water from the Murray. The truth is everyone is using the water and no-one is able to give up more than they have now.

That means the lower lakes have to be put back to their natural estuarine state as a last resort in severe drought. It would be irresponsible to not plan for that should this drought, or the next one, exceed the capacity of the basin to keep the rivers flowing.

This involves building lock zero above Wellington to protect Adelaide’s water supply at all costs. We will also build an irrigation canal around the lakes drawing from lock zero, so farmers around the lakes can access irrigation water.

FAMILY LAW LIES BARE

If you ever get the feeling the media is trying to convince you the day is night or that the grass is blue and the sky is green, you are not alone.

The media’s coverage of the so-called “outrage” that followed the announcement that One Nation had secured a comprehensive inquiry into our failing family law system is a crystal clear example of how they attempt to bend the truth.

Fortunately, Sky News presenter Chris Kenny took the time to compile an excellent segment that laid bare the shocking extent of the media spin on this issue.

Kenny’s segment included one “expert” which argued on the ABC that Senator Hanson’s claim that some women were lying about family law matters to get more favourable outcomes was quickly disproven by an Australian study which showed up to 14% of accusations of domestic violence heard by the family law courts were false.

Don’t believe us? Then you might want to check out the segment in full and see for yourself.

CASH BAN BILL TO FACE SENATE SCRUTINY

When the Government announced its Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019, One Nation was the first party in parliament to sound the alarm.

Initially, Labor seemed inclined to roll over and support the Government’s plan to ban cash.

This would have been a devastating set back because with Labor’s support the Coalition could have rushed the bill through the parliament with little to no scrutiny.

It seems this was what the Government intended to do as they initially recommend the bill to avoid any scrutiny from Senate Committees, however, they were thwarted following strong opposition from One Nation.

Once it became clear that One Nation had convinced Labor and the rest of the Crossbench to support a referral they caved and chose to allow the bill to face proper scrutiny.

Forcing politicians to acknowledge the widespread opposition of the people of Australia to this piece of totalitarian policy is the first step in making sure it never becomes law.

If you are interested in making a submission to the committee investigating the Government’s Cash Ban Bill visit this website and find out more.

FAMILY LAW REVIEW

Following the announcement that One Nation had achieved arguably the most comprehensive review of the Family Law System in nearly 4 decades, our phones have been ringing off the hook with people desperate to share their stories and contribute.

If you are one of the thousands of Australians seeking to share their stories with the committee then the best place to start is the official committee home page.

Because we are still in the early stages the committee has not progressed beyond allowing written submissions. However, as things progress the timetables for public hearings will be announced.

All those interested in this, and we know there are many, should keep an eye on the official inquiry page and keep track of One Nation social media because our representatives will be doing their utmost to keep the public informed.

Speaking of keeping the public informed, following the Senate vote that established the inquiry, Senator Hanson held a full media conference and took questions from reporters.

A few snippets made it into the news but you can view the entire presser in full online by following the link below.

Another important thing to remember is that while One Nation was able to convince the Government of the importance of this inquiry, the Labor party chose to oppose it.

This is just another example of how the Labor party has become beholden to far-left interest groups.

You would have thought that following their brutal drubbing at the last federal election Labor would have learned that it is not the shrill voices in the media, or the inane heckling from the Greens across the chamber they should listen too, it is the Australian people.

It seems Labor, under the leadership of Anthony Albanese, has learned nothing.

But the good news is despite the opposition from Labor and the Green the inquiry is locked in and will be progressing full steam ahead.

The plan is to take it across the country and ensure that hearings are held not just in big cities but in rural and regional areas to ensure that all Australians are given a say.

There is no doubt that once the heartbreaking stories from those whose lives have been destroyed by our broken family law system are made public that the system will be forced to change. 

COMMUNIST INTERFERENCE

It is no secret that China is aggressively pursuing its own interests across the world and doing what it can to influence countries like Australia.

That is why it was so disturbing when links between Liberal MP Gladys Liu and the Chinese Communist Party were brought to light.

The true extent of the problem became painfully clear after an interview between Andrew Bolt and Ms. Liu.

Ms. Liu refused to accuse China of theft in the South China Sea, refused to admit that China was a dictatorship and seemed extremely reluctant to criticise China.

Since then further evidence emerged that Ms. Liu had failed to declare tens of thousands worth of donations to the Liberal party and that ASIO had advised the Liberals against her preselection.

This is not acceptable behaviour from someone who claims to represent the people of Australia.

Following these disturbing revelations, Senator Hanson called for a full investigation of the matter saying Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a lot of questions to answer.

One Nation supported a full inquiry into the issues of Chinese influence but the inquiry was blocked after the Liberals and Labor united to defeat the legislation.

One Nation also voted to have the Government table a full report explaining in detail the issues surrounding their MP Gladys Liu.

However, the Government was also able to quash the report after receiving help from the Centre Alliance.

One Nation will continue to fight to hold the Government to account but so long as Labor and the Cross-Bench work to protect them, they will never face true scrutiny.

ONE NATION PUTS BANKING CODE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has officially launched the campaign to prevent a watering down of the Banking Code of Practice.

Speaking at the Financial Services Council 2019 Summit, Senator Roberts announced that One Nation will vote to disallow the ‘2019 Code of Banking Practice’, introduced by the Morrison Government in July.

This move would ensure that the Banking Code of Practice is not watered down further, but One Nation has gone further and called for stronger terms to be included in any future banking code.

One notable example of how the 2019 Code weakens scrutiny of the banks is the removal of the requirement for banks to be ‘honest’ and instead uses the word ‘compassionate’.

I’m sure we could all agree that demanding that banks act honestly should be a minimum requirement.

Since re-entering the Senate in 2016, One Nation has fought tirelessly for major reforms and greater accountably of the banking sector.

From spearheading the Senate Inquiry into Rural Banking, the major precursor to the Banking Royal Commission, to now One Nation has never let up in its struggle to hold the banks to account for their poor treatment of many Australians.

One Nation will be seeking the support of all other parties to ensure that the current weak regulations are scrapped, and then replaced with significantly stronger regulations.

A detailed media release about how One Nation will continue to hold the banking industry account has been released by Senator Roberts and is available to read on his social media.

Media ReleaseSenator Roberts says One Nation will oppose the2019 Code of Banking Practice.Speaking at the Financial…

Posted by Malcolm Roberts – Pauline Hanson's One Nation on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

On a lighter note, Senator Roberts was also named the 45th most influential Climate Change Politician by Nature magazine!

While it is likely that the authors at Nature Magazine did not intend this as a compliment the list is chock-a-block with so many of the world’s leading opponents of the Climate Change Con that it really must be considered a great honour.

I have a feeling a framed copy of that edition of Nature Magazine will be heading straight to Senator Roberts’ pool room.

And who knows, with all the hard work he has been up too since his re-election, next year he might crack the top ten.

World's Most Influential Climate Contrarians Named. Nature magazine has gone from a once great scientific giant to…

Posted by Malcolm Roberts – Pauline Hanson's One Nation on Thursday, August 29, 2019