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Drum says Labor fails water policy

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August 26, 2017

Damian Drum. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

FEDERAL Member for Murray Damian Drum has hit out at Victorian Labor Senators, claiming they were not supporting Victorians on water policy.

Mr Drum recently addressed the House about the importance of water for regional Victorians, particularly irrigators and farmers in the Murray electorate.

He said he was shocked by an apparent lack of support Victorian Labor Senators had shown for regional Victorians in the Senate.

‘‘The Australian Constitution says the role of an Australian Senator is to act in the best interests of their state,’’ he said.

‘‘I was appalled to learn that only one Victorian Labor Senator has spoken about the Murray Darling Basin Plan in the Senate, and that was almost 5 years ago.

‘‘I am doubtful that Senators Carr, Kitching, Collins and Marshall realise the adverse effects on a region when you take water away from productive agriculture.

‘‘It is certainly un-Victorian and shameful in how they are treating the communities in their state.’’

Mr Drum said the proposed 450GL to come out of the Basin would severely impact the productivity and livelihood of famers and their regional communities.

‘‘Is (Victorian Water Minister) Lisa Neville telling her Federal colleagues about the issues that are facing our state or is she sitting on her hands and letting these Senators give our water to other states?’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘I am disgusted that the Victorian Labor Senators are putting their party ahead of their people. Victorians deserve better.’’

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