Mr Stanhope has put out a media release on his position going into today’s water summit (his server appears not to be working at the time of writing). The ABC has a precis for those unable or unwilling to access the CM’s website.
It’s interesting to note that at the start of the month, for the last water summit, Katy Gallagher trotted up the hill and back down again because Mr. Stanhope was too busy telling Indians how to have an IT industry.
Fortunately Our Brave leader seems to be across the issues and the related nature of “urban use” and “irrigation” waters.
This passage, however, was intriguing:
“I can’t possibly sign up to a new arrangement that has the potential to allow the Commonwealth without consultation to simply impose a cap on the Territory, which would limit our access to water free of charge.
We don’t have a cap and the prospect of the Commonwealth simply imposing one through these arrangement is not something that would be tenable.”
So we have right to unlimited water free of charge now?
Well we don’t, you and I don’t that is, but Mr. Stanhope seems to think his Government does.
Why not try applying his thinking to your own water use and let us know how you get on?