In response to Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde’s comments, while we all acknowledge there is a drought with low flows into rivers that feed the Darling, where is his acknowledgement that upstream cotton has had a major impact on flows?
An article published in The Sydney Morning Herald stated: “Australian cotton exports are tipped to earn $2.63 billion in 2017-18, the highest figure in five years.”
The expected strong cotton export performance is due to a combination of factors including water availability, an increase in area planted, good prices and buoyant demand in Asia for high-quality cotton.
Most of the nation’s cotton is grown in northern NSW and southern Queensland. NSW produces the bigger share.
So in a year of drought, the cotton producers will have their highest earnings in five years.
Isn’t it time to apportion blame where a good deal of it belongs? The death of more than one million fish, some over 100 years old that had seen many longer droughts before, deserves a proper explanation, not excuses.
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