July 7th 2007


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COVER STORY: Who remembers the victims of communism?

HUMAN RIGHTS: Canberra's silence about Chinese organ-harvesting

EDITORIAL: Trade talks: Australia still 'flogging a dead horse'

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's action on Aborigines long overdue

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Saving Howard's bacon / What Arabs and Jews need most / Tony Blair's legacy

SPECIAL FEATURE: Keeping Australia a great nation

RELIGION: Call to reform and modernise Islam

CHINA: Will capitalism prop up or undermine communism?

INTERNET: Risks in personal Web pages

MEDICAL: Homosexual activists attack medical profession

CLIMATE CHANGE: Scientists now warn of global cooling

Why housing is too dear(letter)

Value of the 'food-bowl' rail route (letter)

Dams needed, not desalination plants (letter)

Kevin Rudd's insult to stay-at-home wives (letter)

CINEMA: The gentle art of making enemies - As It Is in Heaven

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Dams needed, not desalination plants (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, July 7, 2007
Sir,

The Bracks Labor Government has finally overcome its inertia on water policy and decided to build a $3.1b desalination plant in Gippsland as the answer to our water woes.

This is clearly a third-rate option. For the same outlay the Victorian Government could have built one or two dams, which are much more environmentally-friendly, than the desalination plant, which will consume about one fifth of the capacity of a typical coal-power plant.

To make the project "carbon-neutral", the Government intends to install 150 new wind-turbines. These eye-sores are a very unreliable source of power and require further government outlays.

Building a desalination plant, then, is not helping the greenhouse problem and, to add insult to injury, it will mean a doubling of water prices to the end consumer.

Why is it so hard to do the best and right thing by building more dams? Dams do not create greenhouse gases, and are far cheaper to maintain.

Sometimes I think I'm living in Noddyland.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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