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The Kimberley pipedream that won't go away

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 27 Apr 2007

"How many times do we have to prove that a pipeline from the Kimberley is economically stupid and environmentally disastrous?" said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Paul Omodei's latest pipedream is little different to the 'Far Canal' proposal that proved so disastrous for the Liberals at the last state election, or the handful of other 'visionary' populist proposals cooked up in an economic and ecological vacuum," she said.

"Now, with the prospect of the combined forces of climate change and oil depletion signalling that we need to be much more frugal with our energy use in the face of inevitable energy price rises, it is not the time to be committing to energy-hungry mega-projects," said Senator Siewert.

"There are a multitude of common-sense solutions to our water problems which deliver cheaper, more sustainable and more effective answers without the wealth of additional risks to our environment, our economy and our energy security."

"The days of thinking big without thinking smart are over. The future lies in a decentralised approach to appropriate 'green' technologies that spread the risks and minimise the costs to deliver long-term solutions within ecological limits."

"It is time to leave behind this dinosaur thinking."

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