Water Management

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We propose the establishment of a Federal funded, no catches, no blackmail, water management plan Australia wide, to ensure adequate storage and supply of water and prevent its degradation. We do not believe in the commercialisation of a God given resource resulting in the exploitation of Australians for the profit of a few.

As an example of projects supported by One Nation is the Bradfield Scheme. John Bradfield, renowned engineer and designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, conceived back in 1929 to develop Australia’s fertile but arid hinterland into a ‘vegetable Garden of Eden’ by the miracle of water conservation and irrigation. The Scheme proposed diverting water from the Tully, Burdekin and Herbert Rivers in North Queensland, inland to the Flinders and Thompson Rivers, with residual flowing into Lake Eyre. We also support the Victorian Pratt pipeline-irrigation project.

“The ownership of water is not confined to the value of water. The transfer of the use of water is the transfer of the commercial value of the product that results from that water. Therefore the ownership of our water governs the economic viability of our economy.’’ Former Federal Senator – Len Harris ONP

One Nation believes water is so important that it should have its own portfolio. As one of the world’s driest continents, Australia must use its water resources wisely. The main problem is more one of unequal distribution and storage rather than shortage. We propose water management practices to provide adequate storage. Re-use of suitably treated recycled water and the piping of it inland for use by councils and rural land for irrigation. We do not believe in the privatisation of water. Environmental fundamentalism is driving policies that are eroding our property rights through greatly increasing the regulatory burden (Water charges and COAG) and by denying us our constitutional rights.

We oppose Agenda 21 and other illegal UN treaties including COAG and UN World Bank Water Resources Management agreements that involve the charging of Farmers for rainwater that falls and is stored on their properties.

Section 100 of The Constitution: “The Commonwealth shall not, by any law or regulation of trade commerce, abridge the right of a state or of the residents therein to the reasonable use of the waters of rivers for conservation or irrigation”.

We oppose COAG management of water resources, as the focus is not on improving water supplies, but appears to be on corporatisation of the catchment areas, then to privatise them. With government departments making inappropriate and arbitrary regulations, imposing them at will, ignoring court decisions, moving past the normal restraints of parliamentary procedure and constitutional boundaries, and finally compromising property rights, we need to consider the bigger picture.

Water is life. Nothing can live without it – people, animals, vegetation and such things as vehicles, electricity generation, factory production etc. Obviously, control of water is control of life and society. Allocating, rationing and charging for water gives the State limitless power. Privatised water in the hands of multinationals would be worse. As soon as a resource such as water is taken away from general usage and turned into a commodity where shareholder profit becomes more important than community and individual benefit, the field is open for limitless corruption. Any claim by the state to “own” all the water is illegitimate and alien to our way of life. Obviously when scarce, water must be shared. But this can be done without making it more expensive or taking away rights that have existed for hundreds of years. There must obviously be limits to vast irrigation schemes that monopolise water to the extent that smaller users are deprived. Riparian issues have an ancient history, and have never before involved the claim that the State owns all water.

Environmental arguments have their place. But they too are now used to push control agendas, riding rough-shop over individual and property rights. The result is productive citizens with their hands tied, subject to the whims of vast, impersonal departments with personnel who no longer appear to see themselves as public servants and appear accountable to no-one.

If we are to rescue and continue with a viable system of family farming, we must re-establish a number of principles. 

These are:

  • The rights that go with freehold title, including the exclusion of entry without a magistrate’s warrant.
  • The right to build dams and catch water without licence or regulation on Family properties. (Not applicable to rivers and creeks).
  • The right of ownership to everything that is produced on the farm without government interference.
  • The right to make any and all decisions on the use of private property that does not harm others.

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