COVID-19 - Happy Easter – April 8, 2020

We’ve made it to Easter! In these times, that’s something to celebrate. Sadly, much of this COVID19 update concerns cancellations.

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COVID-19 - The Gregory Waltz – April 3, 2020

As the pandemic develops, we have now reached the point where states are adopting different COVID19 rules to reflect their individual situations.

For instance, Western Australia has a complete closure of its border, even to returning residents. It has also put travel restrictions in place between different regions within the state.

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PANDEMIC FORCES THE PACE – MARCH 31, 2020

A week is a long time in a pandemic, so I am contacting you again to provide further updates on changes to restrictions and supports due to the corona virus.

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COVID19 CHANGES – MARCH 27, 2020

As the battle against coronavirus reaches a new stage, the changes have been coming so fast that I am sending you a summary of key ones for Gregory.

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An Agricultural Omnibus Tour

An Agricultural Omnibus Tour - February 2, 2020

I am writing this from parliament as the first sitting week of 2020 has wrapped up. There are limited sitting weeks before the October 31 State Elections, but if this week’s shenanigans are any guide it is sure going to be wearing.

Labor played every trick in the book, dropping in unexpected bills that could have been properly listed for debate to adjourning debates before a vote. But the worst was the use of omnibus bills.

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“Unforeseen” Expenditures

Parliament sat last week. From Jackie Trad’s point of view, the timing was lucky. She was nearly out of money.

Yes, even though she is bringing the next budget down early, we needed to top up the till urgently.

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WATER MANAGEMENT

WATER MANAGEMENT

November 8, 2019

Making The Desert Bloom

This was David Ben-Gurion’s dream for turning Israel into an agricultural powerhouse. We need an Aussie version of it.

Much of our climate is similar and the need to manage our water and our landscapes are the same, if not greater. Yet somehow, with the honourable exception of the Snowy Mountain Scheme, we Aussies don’t seem to be able to talk sensibly about water management. We seem doomed to a long time between drinks.

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DROUGHT REFORM

DROUGHT REFORM

October 18, 2019

Like a Bush Rat in the Scrub Python’s Embrace

Like a bush rat in the Scrub Python’s embrace, this week the rest of Australia woke up to find drought is choking the life out of us.

After years of “beating the drum”, I have mixed feelings about what has unfolded. Drought became this week’s crusade. It seems everyone had something to say. Some of it useful; a lot of it, less so. All of it was a bit late.

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THROUGH YOUNG EYES

THROUGH YOUNG EYES

Friday, October 4, 2019

It’s a Small, Small World

You would think smartphones and social media should have made us all closer, but sometimes connectivity can be toxic.

Seeing it Through Young Eyes

I have just seen the anti-cyberbullying ad made by 15 year old Charlotte McLaverty for Dolly’s Dream.

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New Reef Laws

New Reef Laws

September 25, 2019

Parliament was a week to Shock even the Cynics

Pandering to inner-city electorates, last week Labor threw away any pretence of governing in Queensland’s interests. Read on and make up your own mind.

New Reef Laws for Farmers

Gagging the debate so that not every MP could speak, Labor used their numbers to push through the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) & Other Legislation Bill. They even stopped the LNP from moving any amendments that might have improved this terrible Bill.

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