Country people left to choke on the dust (letter)by Gavin LawrieNews Weekly
, November 11, 2006
We now see it all too regularly on TV - the crippling effect of severe and prolonged drought on farmers, their families and whole outback communities.
The last few prime ministers, opposition leaders and federal parliaments have abysmally failed to alleviate the pain and advance the interests of "non-city" folk.
To throw $2b to the drought problem by way of income support/bank interest relief, is insulting, humiliating and uncaring to these devastated Australians.
Governments have done nothing
to create one centimetre of infrastructure to get water to these people, their livestock and crops. Successive state governments have been equally negligent.
Such relief is band-aid stupidity, although a few crumbs falling from Canberra's and state government tables is better than nothing.
Successive federal governments have turned their backs on the bush, and left country people to choke on the dust.
They have also allowed rogue banks and petrol companies to steal from us. These organisations don't vote at the ballot box, but presumably do so with their cheque-books.
Alarming, isn't it?Gavin Lawrie,