6 August 2008

Assembly much too busy to look at water use until after the election

| johnboy
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It’s a funny thing.

Popular causes (ie building something, anything in Gungahlin) can apparently be announced without any effort or planning.

And yet the ABC is reporting that the Planning and Environment Committee has been forced to shelve its inquiry into water use in Canberra so that it can roll up its sleeves and deal with the pressing issue of development in Molonglo 20 years hence.

Some inconvenient truths looming on the horizon were they?

Deb Foskey has announced her displeasure.

    Meanwhile, our water use goes unscrutinised – let’s hope that the next Assembly has the numbers and good sense to ensure that we get a non-partisan inquiry into water, because this will continue to be an enormous issue for the ACT.

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The more I think about this subject the more I think it is because we believe that we own water. This is not the case. God gives it to us and we get to manage it. The we I talk of could be federal, state, local government or you and I. All these bodies do a very poor job of managing water. The most hypocritical would be the ACTUGL adds that advocate removing water from the Murrumbidgee to service Canberra needs. This cannot happen if Penny Wong has the balls to do her job.

Just like the hypocritical add advocating getting water from the Murrumbidgee. They must be growing some good weed in the confines of Corrin dam.

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