THE lead story on Channel 7’s news tonight was a Commonwealth government program where there has been “inefficient spending, flawed government logic and false assumptions”. 
I thought the mainstream media had finally caught on to the absurdity of the Commonwealth’s water reform agenda where the Gillard government plans to spend $10 billion returning end-of-system flows without actually addressing the issue of the 7.6 kilometres of barrages that prevent end-of-system flows. 
But, alas, Seven’s political editor Mark Riley was reporting on the findings of a report on indigenous education, health and housing where $3.5 billion has yielded “dismally poor returns”, with progress “mixed at best”.
The Commonwealth is planning to spend more than double this, a whopping $10 billion, on the Murray Darling with absolutely no chance of success because its policy is based on the false premise that the upstream dams can supply the terminal, coastal Lakes, now known as the Lower Lakes, with a permanent supply of freshwater and that water from these lakes will flow through to the Murray’s Mouth and Coorong.
But there is simply not enough water in upstream storages to supply the Lower Lakes during drought and no water can get from the lakes to the Murray’s Mouth when the barrage gates are closed, as they were for the duration of the recent drought.
Last November the barrage gates were opened to allow all the water from the flooding in the Murray Darling Basin to flow out to sea. But this autumn, as soon as the south westerly winds picked up, and the Southern Ocean started to push into the lakes, the government had the gates closed.
Why? Because it’s government policy is to manage the Lower Lakes as an artificial freshwater system. That’s right, at the bottom of the Murray Darling there is no estuary, but rather an area about the size of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay that receives all the water from the Murray Darling and is kept artificially fresh by 7.6 kilometre of concrete barrage that essentially functions like a dyke.
This is really what the $10 billion allocated for water reform is all about: closing down agriculture in the Murray Darling Basin in order to provide the Adelaide Establishment with their artificial freshwater oasis for yachting and hobby farming.
The water reform agenda really has very little to do with the environment or improving water efficiencies.
Sooner-or-later a clever political reporter, like Mark Riley, must grasp the flawed government logic and false assumptions underpinning the Commonwealth government’s water reform agenda.