Water Scarcity and Control in the Murray Darling Basin
By Kevin Linton
As a scientist and engineer with experience in the rural water industry, specifically in agriculture in both NSW and Victoria, I have witnessed firsthand the importance and potential value of water as a global commodity. I have also contributed to the Murray Darling Basin Plan prior to 2007, which aimed to address the environmental needs of the basin during the Millennial Drought. However, it is now apparent that the plan failed to consider the future viability of towns and communities within the Basin, and this oversight has had significant consequences.
One glaring mistake of the Basin Plan was its failure to address the future of these towns and communities. When I raised concerns about the future viability of these areas, I was told it was “not our problem” and no plan was prepared to address this issue. Twenty years later, it seems that this lack of planning may have been intentional, as foreign entities have found it easier to gain control of our water resources through international covenants and agreements facilitated by the United Nations.
The scarcity of water in the Gravity Irrigation Areas compared to the 1980s is evident, and even when water storages are full, it remains expensive. The population in these areas has halved, with fewer young people, jobs, and businesses. In my small town alone, over 50% of the shops and businesses have closed down. This decline in economic activity can be attributed to the increased water prices, making irrigated crops financially unviable and farmers burdened with millions of dollars of debt.
It is becoming increasingly clear that control of water resources directly translates to control over food production and population in what was once considered the nation’s food bowl. Those familiar with the left-wing socialist policies of the United Nations Agenda 21 and subsequent agendas will understand that these aim to achieve total control over population, with a focus on a few large cities, a smaller global population, extensive wilderness areas, and reduced democracy.
Controlling food and fiber production becomes necessary under these circumstances. Australia possesses the capacity to feed and clothe hundreds of millions of people around the world. Therefore, it appears that Australia is being coerced into aligning with the United Nations’ desires, as both sides of the political spectrum in the country have signed up to their agendas over time, mirroring the actions of other Western nations.
In light of the global push for a smaller world population, it is now easier to comprehend how these agendas aimed at achieving population reduction will be furthered. Climate change and related policies, the conflict in Ukraine, and the growing influence of age have all contributed to the realization that these goals are becoming more realistic and attainable.
It is important for Australians to be aware of the potential consequences of these agendas and the control of water resources. The future of towns and communities within the Murray Darling Basin should not be sacrificed for the sake of international interests. Finding a balance between environmental sustainability and the well-being of these communities must be a priority moving forward. Otherwise, we risk losing control over our own resources and compromising the future of our nation.