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.

LOCK THEM UP

For those of you who have had it up to the back teeth with the hysterical climate change activists who have been causing chaos across the country, we have some good news!

One Nation is calling for them to be locked up.

While we strongly support free speech and the rights of Australians to engage in non-violent protested, we believe these protesters have crossed the line.

Your right to free speech does not give you the right to glue yourself to the road, block peak hour traffic and not face serious consequences.

If limp-wristed state Governments continue to allow this kind of nonsense, it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured.

It is crazy to think we even have to spell that out.

They’ve got to jail them!There was a guy yesterday on his seventh offence who was given 30 hours of community service……

Posted by Mark Latham's Outsiders on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MARK LATHAM’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

In NSW, One Nation is spearheading the fight for religious freedom with the states party leader, Mark Latham, putting forward a proposal to protect people expressing legitimate religious views from persecution.

As we saw during the federal same-sex marriage debate and in the times that have followed if people chose to speak out against the group which is pushed by establishment elites their jobs are on the line.

Israel Folau would be the most high-profile case of this in recent times, but there are many more. No doubt many of you reading this have been attacked or threatened for having your say, whether it be at a barbeque or online.

The fact that someone could face the sack for saying they are a Christian is not on. This is why Mark has put forward his bill and is currently asking for anyone interested to read it and make a submission.

You can read more about Mark’s bill by visiting his website below.

ROD ROBERTS CALLS OUT THE COALITION FOR IMMIGRATION LIES

One of the most frequently broken promises you will see from Coalition Governments surrounds cutting immigration.

They used to be able to get away with it because the Greens and Labor are all for their mass migration policies, but not anymore.

Especially not in NSW where One Nation’s Rod Roberts is holding their feet to the fire.

If you want to see the face of a guilty man, then take a look at this video of Rod calling out the NSW government over their failed pledge to cut migration.

ROD ROBERTS FACT FINDING MISSION KICKS OFF

Rod Roberts kicked off his fact-finding mission in the South West Region of NSW by dropping into Wagga Wagga for two nights to speak with industry groups in the area to discuss the problems they’re facing.

Head over to Rod’s Facebook page to see how what the people of Wagga Wagga had to say.

Get Rid Of Preferences

SCOTT MORRISON SHOULD CHANGE THE VOTING SYSTEMWith Scott Morrison’s announcement that he’d prefer to do a preference deal with the Greens and Labor ahead of One Nation, the voters are not happy.You just have to read the feedback on social media and get out and speak to people.Voters hate the idea they have to number every box and flow their preferences to parties they don’t like.If the Prime Minister doesn’t want to preference One Nation ahead of the Greens and Labor, he should change the voting from compulsory to optional preference voting. That way people have a choice on how many boxes they fill in.A true leader listens to the people.

Posted by Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

One Nation calls to abolish preferences

SCOTT MORRISON SHOULD CHANGE THE VOTING SYSTEM

With Scott Morrison’s announcement that he’d prefer to do a preference deal with the Greens and Labor ahead of One Nation, the voters are not happy.

You just have to read the feedback on social media and get out and speak to people.

Voters hate the idea they have to number every box and flow their preferences to parties they don’t like.

If the Prime Minister doesn’t want to preference One Nation ahead of the Greens and Labor, he should change the voting from compulsory to optional preference voting. That way people have a choice on how many boxes they fill in.

A true leader listens to the people.

Pauline Hanson says Scott Morrisons immigration cuts are a smoke screen

IMMIGRATION CUTS - JUST A SMOKE SCREENThe truth is, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten will not reduce immigration numbers.Like any good accountant, Governments know how to play with numbers. Collectively, the Government allows around 600,000 migrants into Australia each year. This is a culmination of permanent migrants, long term students, skilled labor visas (457 visas), refugees, asylum seekers and a raft of other visa holders who all have working rights.This 600,000 does not take into consideration holidaymakers.Don’t fall for the rhetoric of the major parties as we head into a federal election.#OneNation #PaulineHanson #ScottMorrison #Preferences

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Immigration cut just a smoke screen

The truth is, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten will not reduce immigration numbers.

Like any good accountant, Governments know how to play with numbers.

Collectively, the Government allows around 600,000 migrants into Australia each year. This is a culmination of permanent migrants, long term students, skilled labor visas (457 visas), refugees, asylum seekers and a raft of other visa holders who all have working rights.

This 600,000 does not take into consideration holidaymakers.

Don’t fall for the rhetoric of the major parties as we head into a federal election.

How water infrastructure can save the Murray-Darling Basin

There are two issues causing the majority of the problems we see with the Murray-Darling Basin, mismanagement and a lack of infrastructure.While Labor and Green politicians are saying we need to take more water out of the river system and flush it out to sea, One Nation is saying we need to build the infrastructure we need to make sure we have enough water for everyone.Let’s build the dams and other infrastructure we need to capture the water where it is abundant and see that it goes to the places that need it! You can read more about One Nation’s plan to protect Australians from droughts while helping keep our farmers and waterways prosperous and healthy here: www.onenation.org.au/policies/water-security/

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Monday, January 28, 2019

Pauline Hanson Calls for Construction of Bradfield and Ord Schemes to Drought Proof Inland Australia

Video Transcript:

Paul Murray:                         Let’s finish off here with the very serious situation of what’s happening in the Murray-Darling, where yet again another example of the huge collection of fish that have died. Now again, this is one of those touch points where if you spend three hours talking about it you can’t get across all elements of this issue. But in and of itself, again, the Greenies believe that it is anyone who uses water to take care of their properties, to make sure that they can have any form of produce that is ruining the rivers, whereas, the minister responsible for regional water, Niall Blair in New South Wales, well, he makes a fairly good point which is, it’s difficult to flush through river systems when no rain is falling at all.

Niall Blair:                               There’s nothing that anyone has been able to point to, no scientists, no locals. No one has been able to point to anything else that could prevent something like this other than fresh water coming into the system, and we just don’t have that, and unfortunately with the weather conditions, the hot weather, and then the sudden drop in temperature, and the rain overnight, we’ve seen another fish kill today.

Paul Murray:                         Now, Janine, I’m not pretending that what is happening isn’t terrible. It’s a terrible thing to see, but it does make fairly obvious logic here that for water management, you need more of it falling from the sky.

Janine Perrett:                     Yes, I agree with that, but the word you said was management, it wasn’t just relying on God. There is management of this water system, and the question is, has there been mismanagement? Yes, you need water, but have they taken too much out? I don’t know, and I’m like maybe Pauline and some others who don’t want to believe the scientists. I’m happy to let the scientists from all sides get together. What I would love in this, is for once, this is a bipartisan issue. For goodness sake, can’t … Forget the Greens, because they’re out there. Why can’t Labour and Liberals get together, agree on a report, and at least say, it’s going to be somebody else’s problem on it? There has to be. We tried to do it with the Murray-Darling. It might prove to be simply a drought issue, but we need both sides to agree to look at it properly.

Paul Murray:                         Well, Pauline, why do you think this is happening?

Pauline Hanson:                  All right. You haven’t got enough water flowing through the system. What I’ve been pushing for is the Bradfield Scheme that comes from North Queensland, the Herbert, Tully, and the Burdekin Rivers, to actually direct it inland. Flood inland Queensland, flow down to the Murray-Darling, and run it through. What they’ve done, and I’ve been on three-day tour from bus from Victoria through New South Wales, to the mouth of the Murray-Darling, it has been mismanaged terribly, they’ve actually sold off the water. You’ve got international interests that are owning the water.

Janine Perrett:                     Yes.

Pauline Hanson:                  You’ve got an organisation, the Murray-Darling Management, has gone from 10 people up to over 300 people managing that. They’ve had the wetlands that they closed down in South Australia. There’s so much I can tell you about it. The wrong decisions that they’ve made. The Bradfield Scheme was priced. The last price they had was $9 billion, put that in, build the Bradfield Scheme. Water inland Queensland. Bring it from the Ord, water inland, Australia from the Ord Scheme as well, and bring water inland and flush out our river systems. That’s it. That’s what I’d be doing.

Paul Murray:                         It’s interesting though, Richo, where as important as this issue is, I can feel a certain eye glaze that kicks over because we’ve heard debates in and around Murray-Darling for a bloody long time here. People like Tony Burke, even Malcolm Turnbull at one point in time have all had some form of involvement in all of this. Just on the specifics though, of what the New South Wales Minister’s saying, how credible is it to say, I think correctly, but what do you think? If it doesn’t rain, it’s hard to move water around?

Graham R.:                             I agree. I don’t think there’s any magic wand you can wave over this, or silver bullet, or whatever, I just don’t think that that exists. I think the only solution is rain, and we’re just not getting any of that. It’s a terrible thing to watch, and I wish there was a fix, but I’ve not read of, or heard of a proper fix, so I’ll-

Janine Perrett:                     Well, at least Pauline’s got an idea. We’ve got floods up in North Queensland, instead of wasting $10 billion on an inland rail, boondoggle, perhaps we could have an inland irrigation system.

Graham R.:                             Turning rivers back the other way, is not as easy as it sounds.

Paul Murray:                         The Field … Bradfield, I think-

Janine Perrett:                     Would cost money.

Paul Murray:                         ..that the Bradfield Scheme’s not going-

Rowan:                                     But if Pauline’s-

Graham R.:                             That might be viable.

Rowan:                                     Pauline’s solution is putting forward … you’re using man’s ingenuity-

Janine Perrett:                     Exactly.

Rowan:                                     -to put more water into the river, rather than having, which the Greens and Labour, and the liberals unfortunately, are just trying to shuffle around the money, the water will be there. Can I just very quickly say, that I think the problem is the number of avocado farms to feed a lot the smashed avocado pate’s in the inner-city Green’s electorate, so …

Paul Murray:                         Well, if that’s Aussie produce I’m more than happy.

Pauline, thank you very much, along with Richo, Rowan and Janine. I’m looking forward to it again next week.

A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATION

MASS FISH DEATH IN DARLING RIVERIn the past few months there have been two algal bloom events in the Darling River near Menindee which has killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of fish.Devastating. A real environmental disaster. The first event was triggered by a storm and this week a cold front which kills plants that decompose and in doing so take from the water the oxygen that fish need to survive.Much of the river system along the Murray Darling catchment area has been in drought for years so it has had little chance to be flushed out and rejuvenated.First to be blamed automatically is always Cubbie Station that is not allowed to take water from river flows and instead only harvest floodwaters that would have evaporated on the huge floodplains. Before Cubbie that water was wasted on the floodplain and did not flow south into the Darling.Cubbie has not been able to harvest any floodwater since 2016.This video I shot last September is shown so that you have the facts.Sadly, blindly blaming Cubbie means the real reason for the lack of water and algal bloom events is ignored and not addressed. And that means that no solution will be provided for the people in NSW suffering drought along the Darling.While the drought is starving our rivers of fresh rain events, the Murray Darling Basin Authority MDBA can be blamed for making the conditions worse for the environment and farmers.The MDBA allocates water without measuring or recording data on most river and creek flows. The MDBA is a bureaucratic nightmare that does little to protect the environment, makes water too expensive for farmers to purchase, devastates local communities and has allowed water to be traded for profit rather than used effectively to benefit all Australians.We need to restore regional Australia and regional towns and farms - the future of our food production.This is a security issue for all of Australia.Here’s some of what people need:• A Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan that contradicts solid scientific evidence;• Water allocations to be made on the basis of solid data from measuring water flows as is the case at Cubbie;• South Australia to be held accountable for the drains it has built starting in 1864 and through to the 1990’s that divert water from the Coorong and turn it into the current toxic environmental disaster. South Australia has to be held accountable for man-made changes to the Murray River mouth and Lake Alexadrina restored to its natural state like every other Australian coastal river system. There are South Australians who understand the real problem and the solutions that we listened to in 2017.• Dams to be built outside the Murray Darling Basin in coastal areas of high rainfall and water sent to the Darling River.The Murray Darling Basin Plan and bloated bureaucracy in the MDB Authority that has exploded almost ten fold in recent years is yet another example of Liberal-Labor-Nats failed governance with the tired old parties chasing Greens preferences.In early 2016 I listened to people in Queensland within the MDB and was shocked at the economic and social devastation they are enduring with worse to come at the hands of the Greens-fueled MDBA. My concern led to immediately organising bus travel for One Nation senators along the Murray to its mouth, listening to Victorians, New South Welshmen and South Australians. I had intended to drive the length of the Darling to listen to people across NSW and especially the people of Menindee Lakes and Broken Hill suffering from the drought but was knocked out of the senate before doing so.People along the Murray river are devastated with floods that the MDBA has caused and with shortages of water due to the MDBA.The current drought is severe yet not as severe as the Federation Drought of 1901 when the Murray River stopped flowing even though there were many, many fewer people living off and using its water back then.While it’s true that the Darling River has been dry many times in Australia’s history and that’s part of life in western NSW with many photos of paddlewheel boats stuck in the dry bed of the Darling River in the 1800s and early 1900s, that does not mean we should accept that - especially when the technology is available to solve and prevent this from recurring.We understand and empathise with the people suffering along the Darling and especially in Menindee. Yet people need more than empathy. People need Australia’s support to identify the root cause of the problems and then support in building the solutions needed to prevent recurrence of their trauma.--------------------------------------------------------------------Original text with video release---------------------------------------------------------------------A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATIONSHARE WITH FRIENDS https://youtu.be/94O-RG44OmsLast July I invited people to submit questions about Cubbie Station and promised to ask these on a future visit to get the facts.Last month I visited Cubbie armed with a list of questions received and a far longer list of my own questions. This recent trip followed on from my visit in early 2017.The video explains what I uncovered.Here are some key points:• Cubbie has no river water allocation.• Cubbie only harvests water from floods above a certain river height and water flow quantity.• Each time Cubbie wants to harvest water it must get permission from the state government.• There is currently no water at Cubbie due to the drought.• There are no crops currently planted at Cubbie due to no water.• The Culgoa River is dry above Cubbie – and dry below Cubbie.• Cubbie does not stop water getting to the Darling River.As with many properties and towns in western Queensland and NSW, Cubbie has a weir for domestic and stock consumption. This is NOT a dam. The amount of water in the weir is similar to that in other properties' weirs and is minuscule. It’s not enough for irrigation and does not stop water getting to the Darling.• Independent engineers check and verify Cubbie’s designs of water channels and cells and other engineering before state government approves construction• Cubbie is well designed environmentally• Earlier this year during a flood Cubbie was given permission to harvest water yet declined because it thought that the water would be better used in the environment• Cubbie understands that the health of the neighbouring environment is essential for Cubbie’s long-term future sustainability• Cubbie shows leadership in how to manage a water basin because it accurately measures water flows. This practice needs to quickly spread across the Murray-Darling Basin because currently many water allocations are decided arbitrarily and do needless damage to farming and to the natural environment. This will help the environment and all human users of water.• Cubbie is a pioneering and visionary engineering marvel that needs to be applauded for converting low productivity land to high productivity in a way that is sustainable and in harmony with the natural environment.Additional points:• The Greens misrepresent Cubbie. Like other properties and towns in western Queensland Cubbie has a weir on the river for domestic and stock water. This is entirely normal. The Greens misrepresent Cubbie's weir as a dam when it is not• Cubbie does not use the weir for irrigation because the quantity of water in the weir is minuscule• Whenever the Greens make a claim we must give their words and intent close scrutiny. Their use of misrepresentations wrapped in emotion is destroying our country’s productivity and the sharing of our country’s potential wealth with 25 million people• To get our country back on its feet for the benefit of all Australians we must support visionary projects such as Cubbie• We need to spread the remarkable achievements of Cubbie and its people. I do• We need to appreciate and commend the late Des Stevenson’s pioneering vision. I doWHEN FACTS REPLACE IDEOLOGY & IGNORANCE THE RESULT IS BETTER DECISIONS.The first step in caring for a river basin, or an animal, or a person, or a community, or a region, or a state, or a nation or a planet is to get the facts and data.Those who do not bother to get the facts or who ignorantly misrepresent things, show that they do not care.The Greens do not care about the environment.When their decisions and claims hurt people’s livelihoods it shows Greens do not care about people.Thank you to the people who raised issues about Cubbie. It stimulated me to get a deeper understanding and now I am even prouder to support this visionary and pioneering project and the people who make a livelihood from Cubbie – especially in southern Queensland.Thank you to Michael Stewart a farmer at Mondure six hours north of Cubbie who spoke first-hand to me of the realities of Cubbie and correctly classed it as an engineering marvel.

Posted by Malcolm Roberts - Pauline Hanson's One Nation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Malcolm Roberts Slams MDBA for Murray Darling Fish Deaths

In the past few months there have been two algal bloom events in the Darling River near Menindee which has killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of fish.

It is devastating. A real environmental disaster. 

The first event was triggered by a storm and this week a cold front which kills plants that decompose and in doing so take from the water the oxygen that fish need to survive.

Much of the river system along the Murray Darling catchment area has been in drought for years so it has had little chance to be flushed out and rejuvenated.

First to be blamed automatically is always Cubbie Station that is not allowed to take water from river flows and instead only harvest floodwaters that would have evaporated on the huge floodplains. Before Cubbie that water was wasted on the floodplain and did not flow south into the Darling.

Cubbie has not been able to harvest any floodwater since 2016.

This video I shot last September is shown so that you have the facts.

Sadly, blindly blaming Cubbie means the real reason for the lack of water and algal bloom events is ignored and not addressed. And that means that no solution will be provided for the people in NSW suffering drought along the Darling.

While the drought is starving our rivers of fresh rain events, the Murray Darling Basin Authority MDBA can be blamed for making the conditions worse for the environment and farmers.

The MDBA allocates water without measuring or recording data on most river and creek flows. The MDBA is a bureaucratic nightmare that does little to protect the environment, makes water too expensive for farmers to purchase, devastates local communities and has allowed water to be traded for profit rather than used effectively to benefit all Australians.

We need to restore regional Australia and regional towns and farms – the future of our food production.

This is a security issue for all of Australia.

Here’s some of what people need:

  • A Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan that incorporates solid scientific evidence;
  • Water allocations to be made on the basis of solid data from measuring water flows as is the case at Cubbie;
  • South Australia to be held accountable for the drains it has built starting in 1864 and through to the 1990’s that divert water from the Coorong and turn it into the current toxic environmental disaster. South Australia has to be held accountable for man-made changes to the Murray River mouth and Lake Alexadrina restored to its natural state like every other Australian coastal river system. There are South Australians who understand the real problem and the solutions that we listened to in 2017.
  • Dams to be built outside the Murray Darling Basin in coastal areas of high rainfall and water sent to the Darling River.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan and bloated bureaucracy in the MDB Authority that has exploded almost ten fold in recent years is yet another example of Liberal-Labor-Nats failed governance with the tired old parties chasing Greens preferences.

In early 2016 I listened to people in Queensland within the MDB and was shocked at the economic and social devastation they are enduring with worse to come at the hands of the Greens-fueled MDBA. My concern led to immediately organising bus travel for One Nation senators along the Murray to its mouth, listening to Victorians, New South Welshmen and South Australians. I had intended to drive the length of the Darling to listen to people across NSW and especially the people of Menindee Lakes and Broken Hill suffering from the drought but was knocked out of the senate before doing so.

People along the Murray river are devastated with floods that the MDBA has caused and with shortages of water due to the MDBA.

The current drought is severe yet not as severe as the Federation Drought of 1901 when the Murray River stopped flowing even though there were many, many fewer people living off and using its water back then.

While it’s true that the Darling River has been dry many times in Australia’s history and that’s part of life in western NSW with many photos of paddlewheel boats stuck in the dry bed of the Darling River in the 1800s and early 1900s, that does not mean we should accept that – especially when the technology is available to solve and prevent this from recurring.

We understand and empathise with the people suffering along the Darling and especially in Menindee. Yet people need more than empathy. People need Australia’s support to identify the root cause of the problems and then support in building the solutions needed to prevent recurrence of their trauma.

A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATION

This text originally accompanied the video that heads this article.

SHARE WITH FRIENDS https://youtu.be/94O-RG44Oms

Last July I invited people to submit questions about Cubbie Station and promised to ask these on a future visit to get the facts.

Last month I visited Cubbie armed with a list of questions received and a far longer list of my own questions. This recent trip followed on from my visit in early 2017.

The video explains what I uncovered.

Here are some key points:

  • Cubbie has no river water allocation.
  • Cubbie only harvests water from floods above a certain river height and water flow quantity.
  • Each time Cubbie wants to harvest water it must get permission from the state government.
  • There is currently no water at Cubbie due to the drought.
  • There are no crops currently planted at Cubbie due to no water.
  • The Culgoa River is dry above Cubbie – and dry below Cubbie.
  • Cubbie does not stop water getting to the Darling River.

As with many properties and towns in western Queensland and NSW, Cubbie has a weir for domestic and stock consumption. This is NOT a dam. The amount of water in the weir is similar to that in other properties’ weirs and is minuscule. It’s not enough for irrigation and does not stop water getting to the Darling.

  • Independent engineers check and verify Cubbie’s designs of water channels and cells and other engineering before state government approves construction
  • Cubbie is well designed environmentally
  • Earlier this year during a flood Cubbie was given permission to harvest water yet declined because it thought that the water would be better used in the environment
  • Cubbie understands that the health of the neighbouring environment is essential for Cubbie’s long-term future sustainability
  • Cubbie shows leadership in how to manage a water basin because it accurately measures water flows. This practice needs to quickly spread across the Murray-Darling Basin because currently many water allocations are decided arbitrarily and do needless damage to farming and to the natural environment. This will help the environment and all human users of water.
  • Cubbie is a pioneering and visionary engineering marvel that needs to be applauded for converting low productivity land to high productivity in a way that is sustainable and in harmony with the natural environment.

Additional points:

  • The Greens misrepresent Cubbie. Like other properties and towns in western Queensland Cubbie has a weir on the river for domestic and stock water. This is entirely normal. The Greens misrepresent Cubbie’s weir as a dam when it is not
  • Cubbie does not use the weir for irrigation because the quantity of water in the weir is minuscule.
  • Whenever the Greens make a claim we must give their words and intent close scrutiny. Their use of misrepresentations wrapped in emotion is destroying our country’s productivity and the sharing of our country’s potential wealth with 25 million people
  • To get our country back on its feet for the benefit of all Australians we must support visionary projects such as Cubbie
  • We need to spread the remarkable achievements of Cubbie and its people. I do
  • We need to appreciate and commend the late Des Stevenson’s pioneering vision. I do

WHEN FACTS REPLACE IDEOLOGY & IGNORANCE THE RESULT IS BETTER DECISIONS.

The first step in caring for a river basin, or an animal, or a person, or a community, or a region, or a state, or a nation or a planet is to get the facts and data.

Those who do not bother to get the facts or who ignorantly misrepresent things, show that they do not care.
The Greens do not care about the environment.

When their decisions and claims hurt people’s livelihoods it shows Greens do not care about people.

Thank you to the people who raised issues about Cubbie. It stimulated me to get a deeper understanding and now I am even prouder to support this visionary and pioneering project and the people who make a livelihood from Cubbie – especially in southern Queensland.

Thank you to Michael Stewart a farmer at Mondure six hours north of Cubbie who spoke first-hand to me of the realities of Cubbie and correctly classed it as an engineering marvel.

Pauline Hanson calls for a Cane Toad Cull

Last week I wrote to the Prime Minister suggesting a cane toad cull with the help of the public. There are over 200 million of these vermin cane toads across the country.Since their misguided introduction to deal with cane beetle in the North Queensland town of Gordonvale in 1935, cane toad numbers have exploded beyond the borders of Queensland and are having an enormous effect on native Australian species.Unlike native frogs that lay between 1,000 and 2,000 eggs during their breeding cycle, toads will lay between 8,000 and 35,000.Their poisonous toxin is deadly to many native species including lizards, quolls, dingoes and crocodiles. Adult cane toads will eat almost anything it can fit in its mouth, including dead animals and pet food scraps. Their appetite knows no boundaries.While I recognise the federal governments $2 million dollar research into cane toads in 2008, it is clear to most Australians, no solution was found to eradicate their existence.When rabbits plagued our nation, a sizeable reward was posted for the biological control of the species. Other invasive species such as European carp have been eradicated from waterways using biological measures and I believe it is time our Federal Parliament takes a swift, bipartisan approach into the eradication of this pest species.I have encouraged the Prime Minister to introduce a 3 month bounty over the Summer months to help reduce the breeding numbers throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.A 10 cent reward for the collection of each cane toad, I believe would encourage most Australians living with the pest to take an active roll in reducing their numbers until a biological measure is developed.#Auspol #OneNation #PaulineHanson #CaneToads #Queensland #Pest

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pauline Hanson Calls to Exterminate Cane Toads

Last week I wrote to the Prime Minister suggesting a cane toad cull with the help of the public.

There are over 200 million of these vermin cane toads across the country.

Since their misguided introduction to deal with cane beetle in the North Queensland town of Gordonvale in 1935, cane toad numbers have exploded beyond the borders of Queensland and are having an enormous effect on native Australian species.

Unlike native frogs that lay between 1,000 and 2,000 eggs during their breeding cycle, toads will lay between 8,000 and 35,000.

Their poisonous toxin is deadly to many native species including lizards, quolls, dingoes and crocodiles. Adult cane toads will eat almost anything it can fit in its mouth, including dead animals and pet food scraps. Their appetite knows no boundaries.

While I recognise the federal governments $2 million dollar research into cane toads in 2008, it is clear to most Australians, no solution was found to eradicate their existence.

When rabbits plagued our nation, a sizeable reward was posted for the biological control of the species. Other invasive species such as European carp have been eradicated from waterways using biological measures and I believe it is time our Federal Parliament takes a swift, bipartisan approach into the eradication of this pest species.

I have encouraged the Prime Minister to introduce a 3 month bounty over the Summer months to help reduce the breeding numbers throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

A 10 cent reward for the collection of each cane toad, I believe would encourage most Australians living with the pest to take an active role in reducing their numbers until a biological measure is developed.

Here’s my letter to the Prime Minister: