More Bad News on Food Prices By Bob Farmer, Dairy Farmer
The rise in food prices is severely impacting upon most Australian households who are not members of the oppressing class. Some people are skipping meals, and stories are in the media of mothers who are crying about not having enough money to give their kids adequate food, let alone a traditional Aussie Christmas dinner. Indeed, the housing crisis, fuelled by a mass immigration program designed to culturally genocide traditional Aussies, ensures this. That is the macro-scale attack.
Other Albo government attacks include Labor’s Murray Darling Basin plan overhaul Bill, to remove a cap on buybacks to enable delivery of 450 gigalitres of environmental water back in the basin. The Bill went through with backing by the Greens, Liberal defector David Van and ACT Senator David Pocock. The deal “included beefed-up transparency measures, $100m to help First Nations people participate in the water market and a legislated deadline to return environmental water by December 31 2027. Ms Plibersek also committed $30m in a contingency reserve for the Murrumbidgee River as well as $20m for science and monitoring in exchange for Senator Pocock’s vote.”
This move comes to satisfy environmentalists who have been pushing the idea that the Murray will die in 10 years, it is always 10 years to save whatever. I have heard crusty old Green academics put this view. No matter the devastation this will have on the farms that are now struggling. The government does not care, this being a government of heartless woke socialists! National Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the Bill’s passage will be “felt by all Australians at the supermarket checkout,” which will only intensify the present cost of living crisis for ordinary Aussies.
“Farmers have accused the Albanese government of turning its back on regional communities and warned food prices will surge after Labor’s Murray Darling Basin plan overhaul passed parliament on Thursday.
National Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the bill’s passage will be “felt by all Australians at the supermarket checkout” and that farmers were furious with the government for failing to listen to impacted communities.
“The Basin’s heart has been broken by a Government that has ignored communities and hasn’t even bothered to visit those who will be impacted by this dreadful backroom deal,” Mr Jochinke said.
Labor’s bill to remove a cap on buybacks to enable delivery of 450 gigalitres of environmental water back in the basin passed on Thursday with support from the Greens and the crossbench.
Earlier this week, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek revealed she had secured support from the Greens, Liberal defector David Van and ACT Senator David Pocock.
The deal included beefed-up transparency measures, $100m to help First Nations people participate in the water market and a legislated deadline to return environmental water by December 31 2027. Ms Plibersek also committed $30m in a contingency reserve for the Murrumbidgee river as well as $20m for science and monitoring in exchange for Senator Pocock’s vote.
Tasmanian Senators Jacqui Lambie and Tammy Tyrell, and Independent Senator Lidia Thorpe also voted in support of the amendments.
Ms Plibersek said the passage of the bill was “historic” as she accused the Coalition of standing in the way of water recovery.
“I said from day one that I was determined to deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in full, including the 450GL of water for the environment. That’s what I’ve done,” Ms Plibersek said.
“The Liberals and Nationals spent a decade waging a guerrilla war against the Plan. They never intended to deliver the Plan, in fact they actively undermined it at every turn, and they lied to communities about it.”
Nationals deputy leader Perin Davey accused Labor of spending $150m to secure crossbench support for the bill yet the final cost to the taxpayer remained “shrouded in secrecy”.
The attacks came after the Parliamentary Budget Office told Senator Davey it was unable to cost the water recovery process after it came to the view that there was “no existing analytical models that the PBO would be able to rely on to cost this proposal”.
“At a time when Australians are suffering from cost-of-living pressures, they are now being forced to fund a massive job destroying policy which will decrease the nation’s productivity, drive up the cost of living, see more imported food on our supermarket shelves whilst diverting billions of dollars of taxpayers funding from health, education, roads and housing,” Senator Davey said.
Earlier this week, some of Australia’s largest food manufacturers urged the upper house to block the Albanese government’s proposed basin overhaul amid concern the changes would lead to job losses and business closures.
Major organisations including SPC and Kagome signed an open letter demanding Senators vote against the bill warning the push to restart controversial water buybacks will place “significant pressure on our supply chains, operations and workforces.”
The manufacturing bosses said the impact of the bill was “not well understood by the government and has not been adequately considered in the drafting of the bill.”