Thursday, 24 January, 2019

NSW MP vomits as he holds dead fish

Murray Cod Australia says no effect from Darling River fish deaths An Ex-Greens MP Has Become An Instant Meme After Nearly Spewing While Holding A Dead Fish class= next-head
Cary Marshall | 12 January, 2019, 04:41

In a video that has been viewed almost 4 million times, Menindee resident Dick Arnold, right, and rancher Rob McBride say the fish kills are "a manmade disaster".

The mass fish death is the second to hit the Darling River at Menindee near Broken Hill in as many months.

The NSW Government is in talks with the Commonwealth about operating rules and water-sharing arrangements, he added.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has described the deaths as a awful reminder of the impact drought has on the environment.

For his part, NSW Water Minister Niall Blair visited Menindee on Wednesday to survey the carnage first hand, but snubbed the 160 concerned community members who had gathered to speak to him.

"New South Wales is in the grips of a long and devastating drought. We've spent decades and $13 billion only to end up with ecological tragedy in our rivers".

Ranchers and other residents say government water policies are the real cause.

"What has happened is as a result of the drought and no water flowing into the rivers", he told local media.

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"In hindsight, this was probably a poor decision, but it does highlight the incredibly hard task of managing flows in a manner that minimise losses, but ensures enough water is available for communities and the environment during extended severe droughts".

"On the Barwon-Darling, the impact on cotton production is even more devastating with zero hectares of cotton being grown in Bourke this season, down from 4,000 hectares the year before", the general manager of Cotton Australia, Michael Murray, said.

But it is former Green now independent MP Jeremy Buckingham's hilarious reaction during a Facebook video that is drawing all the attention, for the wrong reasons.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Blair told the Herald that he had asked his departments to conduct an urgent study into the fish deaths and the subsequent clean-up.

Mr Buckingham was standing on the side of the river with local farmers Dick Arnold and Rob McBride, brandishing the rotting carcass of a native, critically endangered Murray cod to highlight the environmental emergency when the smell became all too much.

That's not to say Murray Cod Australia hasn't experienced its own disastrous codtastrophe. "Sadly, it is entirely predictable for those of us that have been warning about the raft of problems plaguing the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan".

The federal government's Drought Envoy Barnaby Joyce is rubbishing claims corruption within the Murray Darling Basin Authority is to blame.

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