Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Kookaburra Calling – is it time to form the state of Riverina?

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Kookaburra has noticed that the movement to create a state of Riverina has been re-charged in recent weeks.

The main driver behind this movement is Mr. David Landini, a Riverina wool broker, based in Wakool. Mr. Landini has a website promoting the concept (https://theriverinastate.com.au/) and he organised a public meeting in Hay on the topic on 3rd December 2020.

Proposed State of Riverina
The new state of Riverina as it may look – map supplied

A key issue is the Murray Darling Basin Plan which has left many rural communities very dissatisfied and fearing for their long-term survival. The reduction in the number of rural electorates is another point of focus.

NSW electorates in 1904 – map supplied

Mr. Landini claims that the new state would have a population of almost 600,000 and economic output of over $80 billion per annum, making  Riverina wealthier  than  Tasmania  ($64.7  billion),  the  ACT  ($73.1 billion) and the Northern Territory ($54.8 billion).

Riverina would encompass the area west  of  the  Great  Dividing  Range  from  the  Victorian  to  the  Queensland  borders. It would contain the major inland cities of Albury, Wagga Wagga, Grif­fith and Dubbo and an array of large regional centres.

Kookaburra likes the idea of creating new states. Sections 121, 122, 123 and 124 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 certainly anticipate this happening. Mass immigration into the major cities has distorted the electoral boundaries around Australia to such an extent that city-based interests dominate even more than they did when the Constitution was written. The formation of new rural and regional states is almost the only practical way in which rural and regional communities can wrench control of rural and regional affairs away from bureaucrats based far, far away in city ivory towers whose care and concern for rural and regional communities appears to be zero. Rural and regional communities need governments which want to find ways to provide them with services and infrastructure, not governments looking for ways to reduce services and to avoid investing in infrastructure.

The next meeting of The Riverina State supporters is on 8 February 2021. Check: https://theriverinastate.com.au/

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