Amazing news in today’s Sunday Mail that Premiers Beattie & Bligh are about to announce they are scrapping the plebiscite planned for March 17th and proceeding with the recycling of water into the drinking supply of Brisbane and surrounding areas.
I called for the plebiscite to be scrapped just a few days ago, so I suppose I should be claiming a win and saying the Premier has bowed to the inexorable political pressure I applied to him. However, I’d say this is more a case of reality finally mugging the government so hard they actually felt they had no option but to reluctantly take the most obvious, common sense, safe and smart option.
Although I notice they still can’t break their habit of using the ridiculous ‘armageddon’ description whenever they talk about recycling (and they wonder why some of the public remain suspicious of it).
One can only hope that while Mr Beattie is taking notice of the blindingly obvious, he will also take the opportunity to implement another common sense and overdue decision and scrap the destructive, expensive and unreliable Traveston Dam proposal.
It’s also appropriate to pay tribute to the foresight and guts of Di Thorley and the Toowoomba City Council who had the vision to propose recycling years ago. If Mr Beattie had shown the common sense to support recycling back then, the people of Brisbane and surrounding areas would already have much greater water security. If only he could now get his equally gutless counterparts in New South Wales and Victoria to take the same sensible decision. Not even John Howard saying recycling is the way to go has been enough to shame the Labor Premiers into doing what they should have done a long time ago.