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Barnaby is 100% correct
'Water is life'
Witness the protests in Iran where there is a drought

Iranian police clash with protesters after water shortage rallies



Aren't the useless states supposed to build dams ?
And electricity generators?
Get rid of the states..
Would be a great start..


The Greens are all about renewable electricity and keep pointing to countries such as Norway and CostaRica as examples of countries powered by renewable energy. But those and others generate most of their electricity from hydro. Try and build a hydro dam in Australia and see who opposes it - yep, the very same Greens.


he is worried about his shares if he could harness it all

Gerard Flood

It is the electors, - that's us - in the states' or in the federal elections, who are the "weak link". And even if a DPM Barnaby and a PM Dutton led a real reforming Federal Government, they could achieve NOTHING unless the people [that is "us] in the community had the gumption and sacrifices to support their leadership. We had a pro-Australia PM Abbott, and we stood back and let him be slaughtered by the anti-Joyce, anti-dams Turnbull, the author of the utterly destructive "Water Act" 2007. [And it is far far easier to work a change of policy - or a change of government - at a state level, than it is to change national policy or national executive government.] Let's 'soldier on', eh?

Dennis Thompson

I like Barnaby, however is he not aware of United Nations Agenda 21 - Sustainability, signed by the Keating Labor Federal Government, and other Federal and State legislation covering water, environmental flows from dams even during droughts, water licences, no new dams in UN registered National Parks created from State public lands, no UN permission to raise Warragamba Dam wall and many other bans or restrictions?

Another example the Queensland Labor Government wild rivers legislation and UN registrations overturned by the Abbott Coalition Federal Government and the Newman LNP Queensland Government with great difficulty, legislation banning development of those mighty rivers such as dams and irrigation farming?

Of course we need to take advantage of wet season rainfall harvesting and pipelines to local areas surrounding and to the southern states.

But like many or most ridiculous roadblocks to economic prosperity growth UN based treaties and agreements are behind them. The flight paths for aircraft using the now being constructed international airport at Kemps Creek Western Sydney cannot be planned without UN approval.

Whitlam Labor signed the UN Lima Protocol or Agreement in 1975 agreeing to send manufacturing industry to developing nations over time, and look what's left today, specialist manufacturers mainly.

And we the people are never asked for approval, no referendums to approve the signing of treaties and agreements with the UN, just legislation and regulations via our parliaments.

When politicians talk about reviving manufacturing industry, national security being a major issue and consideration, as a former manufacturing industry senior executive in various businesses and over twenty years with the last I am really frustrated about the ignorance or blatant deception.

When Labor Opposition demand local manufacturing of rolling stock for railways and light rail, ferries and so on I laugh at them and ask myself where were the Unions when Whitlam Labor signed the Lima Protocol in 1975 and when Keating Labor signed the circa 1990 Agenda 21, now Agenda 30. The true deceivers.

Dennis Thompson

States, particularly Labor Government States blame the Federal Government for the many responsibilities and powers the States only have. And building dams is an example, state owned public lands, and by State locked up National Parks land that used to be public land.

However the Federal Government has a lot to answer for with water related issues and Federal legislation, particularly Minister Turnbull created legislation that I have heard former Howard Cabinet Ministers Bishop and Hardgrave say on Sky News that they wish they had not voted for that legislation controlling water. But add Rudd-Gillard Labor additions to it.

Turnbull said water was too cheap, he also said electricity was too cheap back in the Howard years and he even promoted water desalination plants as his alternative to States building new dams, and "renewable energy" he favoured otherwise known to engineers as unreliable, intermittent supply energy installations and ancillary back up. But the States embraced increasingly high and unreliable electricity supplies.

It is a disgraceful situation that elected representatives have created for the people who voted for them.

Unfortunately for them we getting older blokes often have good memories and particularly when we follow current affairs and politics almost as a hobby.


It must have been the other Barnaby Joyce who had nothing to do with the water rights buyback scandal a few years ago.


Stop states locking up land in the name of world heritage. Labor should at least ask the people before they do that. As far as I am concerned all those deals should be make null and void.

seeker of truth

The region of Cairns has water security issues and is campaigning on Sky News for the governments, Federal and State, to do something about it now as it could run dry of drinking water in five years.

I thought that this is a Queensland government problem and not a Federal problem. The Federal government won't have the final say as to where a dam will be constructed up north for this region.

Lots of talk so far by the Queensland government but no action.



Barnaby is right? So is a stopped clock by default twice a day.

Let's dive in on that common quote for a moment that a "stopped clock is right twice a day". If you just run that maths of twice in a day in seconds (not milli- or microseconds mind you) that is the equivalent of being once correct every 43,200 times.

Not that bad compared to our current mob's numbers.

And if you run the numbers for a millisecond it's being right 1:43,200,000,000 (that's billion). Or one in every 43.2 billion times.

Think about that for a moment.


When I lived in NY State, we always had a well for water, but one of the things that fascinated me, after coming from a country that is often in drought, was how much water there is in Reservoirs for NYC & in NY State in general. It was great planning, but of course some of those structures are quite old now.
I lived in Tully, Johnson City, Binghamton, then Babylon & Northport, over the course of 20 years, so spent a lot of time riding on the backroads Upstate & seeing those Reservoirs & of course the Thousand Lakes area.
I remember during one drought in Australia, seeing a photo of Peter Beattie holding a bottle of grey water & telling Queenslanders that Californians drank this water. It was utter BS of course, I did a bit of quick research & California used that water for watering Golf Courses & flushing toilets in large buildings, etc.
I emailed the Journalist who wrote the article & told her that it was BS & in a few hours the photo & article disappeared, but only on the surface of course.
I called a County in Virginia that was mentioned in the article & the person who I spoke to told me that they were expecting a group from the QLD Government to visit the next week, to look at their water system.
At the same time QLD was thinking about building a Desalination Plant at the Gold Coast.




Anyway it rained & all the plans were shelved, then there was the proposal to dam the Mary River, where the government bought up all that land, but that never happened either.

Robert B

Flannery in 2007
"Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming. Similar losses have been experienced in eastern Australia, and although the science is less certain it is probable that global warming is behind these losses too. But by far the most dangerous trend is the decline in the flow of Australian rivers: it has fallen by around 70 per cent in recent decades, so dams no longer fill even when it does rain"
This is 50 years that include the two wettest decades on record in the first half, and end with a drought that we can't compare with the federation drought because of poorer data before 1900.

But the biggest stupidity is the claim is that dams no longer fill because the trickling into them has diminished. They always filled because of flooding rains. Evaporation is irrelevant to the flow in.

Les Brown

Barnaby you have failed bigtime. You need a fresh approach, how about taking Scotty and Eachway for a stroll, Brisbane to Perth &/or Adelaide to Darwin, you obviously need to enlighten the doors you a banging on so they appreciate water.


Its all well and good to talk. But the coalition has been in power for 8 years and has done nothing. If they wanted to do it they would put up a referendum to enable them to do it and prosecute the case to make sure it is successful and done. Talk is cheap. Actions are what counts

John Sheldrick

Dam right everyone here...................

Ron Pike

Barnaby also has a very convenient memory or he is dishonest. When the Australian water exploration Company (a not for profit company) presented to the Federal Government a fully researched proposal for dams across mainland Australia, Joyce killed it off with a sweep of the hand and saying; "we can't do any of that. What would the Greens say?" PM Abbott was in favour of the plan but McCormack and Joyce killed it.

Bikinis not Burkas

Will never happen it doesn't fit into the narrative of the Greens/Labor/Liberal save the everything in the way of the rising water because they are too stupid to move out of the way, at the expense of humanity.

If they stopped bringing in so many of the adherents of the MURDEROUS IDEOLOGY of ISLAM and giving them new housing with running water we would be better off!

Keep your eyes open to keep your head on!


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Are these the same Marxist watermelons who would block nuclear power too?

And how much sovereign wealth does Norway have thanks to North Sea oil royalties?

Beam Me Up

Just one point, that proposed dam on the Mary River was a bad idea as any form of water storage. That was why it was scrapped. Too shallow, far too much surface area thus evaporation of the very resource it was supposed to store. I can't recall just now if there was a geological problem with it as well. But at bottom, it was a very inefficient water storage proposal.

There was a viable alternative to raise the wall of a nearby existing dam, in the hills near Imbil, but that was not looked on favourably by the govt of the time.


Right on both accounts. And Norway continues to derive wealth from fossil fuels ... just not in Norway.


Who is tomato face preaching to? Any person with an iota of common sense KNOWS we need more dams!!

If you want ANY endeavor to be bogged down from the start hire a politician!!

When will politicians who are qualified for a portfolio BE GIVEN that portfolio?

When are we going to chase the lawyers and vote seekers away from ANY position where they may have an input into the running of this country?......the last 75 years shows they DO NOT have the skills to do so.......and this is highlighted by our government today.....who stumble from one FUBAR incident to the next FUBAR incident!!

"Oliver Cromwell – Dissolution of the Long Parliament 1653
Dissolution of the Long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653.

Oliver Cromwell’s Speech

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!”

Oliver Cromwell – April 20, 1653"


While talking about dams can anyone explain why after all the rain we have had in SEQ, Wivenhoe dam always shows only about 39-40% full? Are our dear leaders preparing to put us on water restrictions as well as lockdowns and vaccine mandates?

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