Des Houghton: Katter’s right, we need more dams, more mines and more gas

By 02/04/2022News

Article by By Des Houghton courtesy of the Chronicle.
I hate agreeing with Bob Katter, but we Australians are living in a fool’s paradise when we let water that could be nourishing cattle and food crops flow wastefully into the ocean, writes Des Houghton.

We Australians are living in a fool’s paradise when we let water that could be nourishing cattle and food crops flow wastefully into the ocean.

And we are living in a fool’s paradise when we capriciously block gas and minerals while the war in Ukraine causes global food and energy shortages.

With more dams, more mines and more gas, Australia could become a food and energy superpower.

We are already producing the world’s best beef thanks to outstanding companies like Stockyard, AAco, Stanbroke, and Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture.

With more water for fodder crops we could double our cattle herd and dramatically increase our agricultural exports.

Yet the Palaszczuk government remains opposed to significant new dams and mining. The Premier is still refusing to visit Adani’s Carmichael mine.

I hate agreeing with Bob Katter, the Federal member for Kennedy, but he was right this week when he said the Hells Gates Dam project was too small.

Sometime in the future where there are civil wars in Europe over food shortages, historians may look back and say Katter was right.