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Brumby's big spend: dirty water deals donít come cheap : Comments

By Bernard Eddy, published 11/8/2009

Premier John Brumby has set Victorians up by signing the biggest and the most questionable deal in Australiaís history for a water desalination plant.

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So Bernard, the Green / Eco politcal lobby has successfully whiteanted the Australian public's right to water in the form of a dam for Melbourne's increasing population on the Mitchel River.

A deal to lock up the Mitchell was done by the ALP to get green preferences, no thought there to the needs of Melbournians, only some eco high moral vision. NO one I know in Melbourne was consulted about such a deal, so was that for all Australians, or just you lot?

From your public announcement of what appears to be your own private lobby group - "The Australian Water Network will fight for the public control of water." Why not just join the Greens? I guess you want to be the "front man", the big finger wagger, the big kahuna, yes?

Another quote "We will do all in our power to ensure waterflows for threatened ecosystems" and what has that to do with a solution to the problems eco lobbyists created for Melbourne?

Now you attack the only companies interested and able to rescue Victorians from political Green / Eco interference in the form of a desalination plant.

Not every company wants to be involved in water management, have you noticed, one reason is the continual interference of various little but loud groups, or one man bands, like yours.

Did you switch focus to get attention? No ecosystems that haven't got a champion? Why not go carry out your "group's" goal, find an ecosystem under threat and go do eco stuff there. Did you try that and not get noticed?

Mate, Melbourne needs that water, so here's an idea for you, lobby the government in Victoria to build the dam on the Mitchell, then we won't need the desalination plant.

You folks never think things through, you're self centered, and will never be happy with anything until everyone is living in a cave with a life expectancy of 30.

Don't give me this rubbish that your goals are in every Australian's interest.
Posted by rpg, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 4:56:41 PM
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I think there are bigger issues than the financial probity of the water contract. Taking water from a wild river and burning more coal to power a desalination plant should be taboo. If Brumby wants to be the captain of a big ship then there has to be a clear cost to Victoria's population and economic growth. That cost should include having to recycle sewage. By degrading both the catchments and the atmosphere Victorians are not making progress, they're really going backwards.
Posted by Taswegian, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 5:21:59 PM
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