More than 1000 united voices in Renmark

Premier Weatherill made an insulting and inadequate excuse in Question Time yesterday for not joining more than 1200 South Australians who attended last week’s vital Murray Darling Basin Authority consultation meeting in Renmark.

Premier Weatherill made an insulting and inadequate excuse in Question Time yesterday for not joining more than 1200 South Australians who attended last week’s vital Murray Darling Basin Authority consultation meeting in Renmark.

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the Premier’s excuse that it would not have been “appropriate” for him and River Murray Minister Paul Caica to attend because he wasn’t invited was an insult to communities on the River Murray.

“The Premier needs to be honest with himself and honest with South Australians. The real reason he didn’t go was because his divisive and unrealistic stance on the Basin Plan is at complete odds with his Federal Labor colleagues, and he wouldn’t risk this disunity going on display in Renmark with Tony Burke attending the meeting.

“Of course, this isn’t an adequate excuse for the Premier either. He has insulted South Australians by failing to show up and hear the views of the more than 1200 people who gathered in Renmark on Friday.

“The Premier also didn’t go to the earlier consultation meeting in Murray Bridge in December. River Murray Minister Paul Caica was also a no-show.

“If the Premier truly wants a united South Australian response to the Basin Plan instead of pursuing his own narrow agenda on water reform, then he should have stood with South Australian river communities in Renmark and Murray Bridge.”

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