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Today, readers comment on Murray-Darling Basin compliance, public sector support for business, climate policy and welfare payments.

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Commenting on the story: Marshall Govt opens fire over new Murray-Darling compliance cop

I was the sole mathematician and computer expert at the then River Murray Commission in 1976, and quit in frustration with the political interference in the decisions of the Commission, rather than them being based on the science.

It seems like nothing has changed in all these years. – John Boland

Commenting on the story: Former investment attractions boss’s warning as NSW ‘comes after SA jobs’

Yet another very poor decision based entirely on political motivations.

The last thing that the incoming Liberal government wanted was to have any initiative that Labor had set in motion ongoing, especially if it might be successful.

So many programs just shut down, often to be replaced by very similar programs but in different departments, making you start the whole process again, or putting obstacles in the path of those who had been successful in getting funding.

Once again, no tracking of any impact or benefits, merely the expenditure line on the budget sheet. No openness and transparency at all, despite many promises. – Graeme Crook

Commenting on the story: Morrison Govt senator threatens to cross floor over emissions target ‘distraction’

Despite the fact that all Australian states have  committed to 2050 as a net zero emissions target date, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made it clear that it is only his preference to reach net zero emissions by 2050. He will not make a commitment.

Australian industry is looking for a commitment from the Federal Government to set a target date to reach net zero emissions. Planning ahead without a firm plan, including a committed target date, is a risky commercial-financial path for Australian industries to follow.

Action on climate change in Australia is presently being held back because our PM will not commit to an actual target date to reach net zero emissions. Action on climate change in Australia, supported by our Federal Government, is now  a matter of the utmost importance. – Brian Measday

Commenting on the story: Call to link pension rises to JobSeeker

I completely agree but I’m pretty sure hell will freeze over before that happens. – Elaine Bond

I stopped work about seven years ago due to chronic health issues and am now on a disability pension.

I live with my adult son who is on JobSeeker and l would like you to know how hard it is to carry us both. Our rent is $285 p/w, then there is the rest of our living expenses that l need to take care of.

The food is not so much for myself, but being a young man he needs to eat and that is not cheap. There are utilities, internet, phones, car running and essentials for hygiene and household.

As you can see, this has left me with $2+ dollars until he gets paid and that will take of the remaining bills. He cannot move out as there is no way he can survive on his own, I can see why it is becoming more welfare problematic and dependent as the young lose hope.

I thought that the Morrison Government would be different and might actually care, but l guess that was just hopeful thinking. If things don’t change our young, old and Australia don’t have a hope. If the two of us would be on our own l would hate to think where we would end up, as it is, it’s a struggle. – Name supplied

I for one agree with this completely. I’m a single father and above knee amputee. I’m currently on JobSeeker allowance. Why? Because apparently I’m not medically disabled according to Centrelink, go figure that one out. Above knee amputee, with vascular disease, already have a stent in my heart. And I’m 52.

So anyway, this $40.40 a day after the supplement ends. Even with the extra $350 per fortnight for my daughter, it’s not okay.

I’ll be back to skipping meals – not just one in a day, probably like before only eating every second day. Why? Because my 15-year-old daughter deserves better and as a growing young adult needs to eat more than myself.

It’s no wonder that I’m depressed, can guarantee I’m not the only one. I think it’s actually time that the federal government started to look out for the Australian people first, rather than send billions overseas in foreign aid. Help others, but help us first. Or don’t we count any more. – Name supplied

Totally agree, the JobSeeker payment should be raised to around the pension payment – especially for people over 50 like myself who have found it diffucult to gain employment again.

I have been out of work since 2014. Living on $40-$50 a day is next to impossible. It’s been 20 years plus since it was raised. – Dianne Estacio

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