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By Readers Write - posted Monday, 4 October 2004

Latest feedback indicates to us that some in the community are still gnawing away at the vexed issue of politics and morality. But ….is there any more meat on the bone? …. Or was there ever any real meat on the bone?


Dr. Jennifer Mahrosay says the ones pontificating loudest are the biggest hypocrites of all. She writes:

“According to Graham Young in An electorate divided and entrenched: a tripartite dilemma for Australian politicians those likely to vote Green in the imminent federal election are most concerned about ‘the morality of government and our society’.

“Yet the environmentalists who set the Green Agenda in Australia tell arguably the biggest lies. These lies tend to be accepted by those with a more detailed knowledge of the issues - those who write the green policy documents - on the basis that they elicit sympathy for a just cause.

“A whopper features in the policy document jointly endorsed and launched in August by the Wilderness Society, Greenpeace and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Titled The Environmental Challenge: Saving our Forests, our Rivers our Climate (pdf file 500kb) the document outlines the policies that these environmental groups regard as the ultimate test of the environmental credentials of a political party.

“The document purports to define the situation in the Murray River thus: ‘The once mighty Murray River is dying. On current trends, Adelaide’s drinking water from the Murray River will be too salty to drink two days out of five by 2020’.


“Yet the official statistics from the Murray Darling Basin Commission for the key site of Morgan - a site just upstream from the offshoots for Adelaide’s water supply - show salt levels have in fact halved over the last 20 years. The situation is clearly one of improvement rather than deterioration...

“The three large Environmental Organizations have in fact used the term ‘current trends’ deceptively - in fact fraudulently. The prediction that the water would be too salty to drink in 2020 was a forecast from a computer model made in 1988 that has since proven incorrect."

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