| August 09, 2017

Drum Slams Silent Labor Senators

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum has hit out at Victorian Labor Senators in Parliament this week for not supporting Victorians on water policy.

Mr Drum addressed the House about the importance of water for regional Victorians, in particular, irrigators and farmers in his electorate of Murray.

Mr Drum was shocked by the lack of support Victorian Labor Senators have shown for regional Victorians in the Senate.

“The Australian Constitution says the role of an Australian Senator is to act in the best interests of their state. I was appalled to learn that only one Victorian Labor Senator has spoken about the Murray Darling Basin Plan in the Senate, and that was almost 5 years ago,” Mr Drum said.

“I am doubtful that Senators Carr, Kitching, Collins and Marshall realise the adverse effects on a region when you take water away from productive agriculture. It is certainly un-Victorian and shameful in how they are treating the communities in their state.

“The Victorian Water Minister, Lisa Neville understands the proposed 450 GL of water that is to come out of the Basin is going to severely affect the productivity and livelihood of not only farmers, but regional communities. Is Minister Neville telling her federal colleagues about the issues that are facing our state or is she sitting on her hands and letting these Senators give our water to other states.

“I am disgusted that the Victorian Labor Senators are putting their party ahead of their people. Victorians deserve better,” Mr Drum said.

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