It’s not a hopeless cause

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A very quick digest message today. I’m still on the road, currently writing to you from a ‘river somewhere’… specifically the Barka (Darling) near Wilcannia. 

It’s a stunningly beautiful place, with a stunningly serious problem. The drought has certainly play a part in drying up the Darling, but over-allocation of water to irrigators by successvie Labor and Liberal/National Governments, and the theft of that water by unscrupulous farmers and corporations (mostly corporations) through floodplain harvesting is without question the bigger problem.

How we fix it, I don’t know. But that reminds me… I was talking to a close Aboriginal friend a few days, who pointed out that the Barka is not dead, and indeed never dies. It will survive long after we’re all gone. It has a way of ‘coming back’. He’s not suggesting we shouldn’t fight for it – we should. He’s just suggesting that all is not lost, and never will be. Worth remembering, as the drought takes a firmer grip.

Rushing to pack up camp and get back on the road. Heading east, then north. Hope your travels are just as inspiring.

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Chris Graham
Editor/Publisher

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. Chris has won a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards for his reporting. He lives in Brisbane and splits his time between Stradbroke Island, where New Matilda is based, and the mainland.

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