Disgust as Nationals abandon farmers on Murry-Darling Bill
Twenty-four hours after voting to support legislative changes to protect Murray-Darling groundwater systems and farming lands from the risks of large-scale mining, the National Party has ‘gone to water’ itself and sided with mining interests.
Caroona Coal Action Group spokesman Tim Duddy said he was disgusted that the National Party had abandoned its core constituency in a decision vital to the future of farming in this country.
“On Wednesday, National Party members stood in the Federal Parliament and told us how important it was to support changes to the Water Amendment Bill 2008 that protected some of this country’s most precious agricultural land from mining impacts ” Mr Duddy said.
“Overnight, presumably after a little persuasion from the mining industry, they suddenly go to water and reverse their position. No wonder rural Australia has lost all trust and faith in them. “ he said.
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