IT is a tragedy of monumental social and economic proportions that no federal government has had the foresight to collect and store the massive quantity of monsoonal rain that falls in northern Australia, particularly Queensland, each year.
It should be piped, by a national pipeline grid, to drought-stricken agricultural and urban areas throughout eastern Australia. At present, 95 per cent goes to waste.
If ever a national infrastructure project is required, it is the construction of massive dams in the north and a national pipeline grid.
It is also one that could be easily justified, particularly against a background of climate change where the reliability of regular rainfall throughout our island continent, as a whole, can no longer be guaranteed.