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Unsustainable Rolling Irrigation systems in NSW drought area on the way to Hay

Why do they try and grow rice and other thirsty crops in the desert?


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A quote from


September dust storms, 2009


Does this not seem like anger


Over 200 years we have plundered this land


Torn all the life from her ancient soils


Tortured her with thirst as we drank to excess


Carelessly Rubbed salt into her wounds


Infected her with an infestation of clumsy ruminants


Scratching at her dry parched skin


Until she bleeds red soil from her collapsing veins


So when she turns


And tosses all her dust into the sea


Can you not hear her saying


“If you value this so little,


what use do you have for it…..”


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Taken on November 27, 2002