Letter to the editor: Darwin Port lease and water allocation to Chinese companies

by | Jul 31, 2022 | Opinion | 0 comments

Dear Editor,

A few years ago the Adam Giles-lead Country Liberal administration leased Port Darwin to the Chinese-controlled Landbridge Group.

This drew nation wide criticism and even justified criticism from President Barack Obama in the United States of America.

Our politicians in Canberra, of course, have all ducked for cover. One of them who played major role in the deal took a highly paid job with Landbridge.

Several years later the Labor administration with Michael Gunner at the helm granted the Chinese-owned Singleton Station the largest ever water extraction licence in the Northern Territory.

Over a trillion litres of water valued at in excess of a hundred million dollars can be extracted from the aquifer at no cost to the property owner.

At a time when China is showing Australia and the world its true colors, President Xi Jinping in Beijing would be looking at the Singleton Station deal and marvelling at how stupid Australians can be.

To paraphase a few lines from a Peter Paul and Mary hit parade song of yesteryear: “Where have all the flowers gone, when will they ever learn?”

The flowers and other vegetation on Singleton Station will have died of thirst while the politicians who have allowed this potential disaster to occur will never learn.

Bruce Francais

Katherine


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