Last year we and our businesses suffered when we were used as a line of border protection. Being the border line between the two most locked-down cities in Australia has seen us affected in some way with every lockdown in those cities to the point we have suffered rolling lockdowns.
Now, with everything opening up, we can't help but think we are under-resourced for the virus spreading within our community.
If the governments were right in using us to stop the spread of the virus, they should be aware that we are at the collision point where the virus can explode if not handled in a careful manner, so more help should be offered.
If the governments were not right, they should be offering more support as a thank you for the injustices we had gone through.
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I see that the Environment Minister and Farrer MP voted in Parliament against debating the Warringah MP's bill on climate change.
Why would anyone want to stymie debate on climate change?
What we need is a government that takes seriously climate change and puts into action a process to end fossil fuels, which are contributing to an increase in global warming with catastrophic consequences.
The world is watching Australia and strong action is now needed.
There has been a lot of media commentary about the Nationals' reluctance to sign regional Australia up to a net zero emissions target by 2050.
However, history tells us the Nationals need to be very careful before they make such a commitment, amid concerns it will have negative impacts for those of us who work outside the nation's capital cities.
You only have to look at how we have been dudded by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to have a good understanding of how city-based politics can get in the way of sound environmental management.
In this instance a plan was developed, in the name of protecting our environment. However, in reality it had one core goal - to shore up environmental votes in South Australia and capital cities.
To achieve these goals there was modelling undertaken to prove that the Murray River and other parts of the basin were dying and needed massive environmental flows to survive.
A lot of this modelling was false, yet we get no changes to the plan despite vast initial promises that it would always be adaptive and flexible.
As a consequence, communities have suffered - especially those in the Murray regions of NSW and Victoria which rely heavily on food and fibre production for their economic prosperity.
Some in the National Party are happy to toe the Liberal Party line, purely for political reasons, that this failing Basin Plan must be completed "in full and on time" despite its many failings.
And so, the communities which are suffering because of its shortcomings can whistle Dixie because nothing will be done.
Politicians have lied through their back teeth and left hard-working regional Australians hanging out to dry over the basin plan.
Why would climate change policy be any different?
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