EDITORIAL: Don’t water it down
IT'S not that they had nothing to say.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made a great double act.
There were quips, there were laughs, there was the usual congenial banter. There was the re-iteration of the millions and millions of dollars sitting in the bank just waiting for the State Government to come to the table. There was talk of infrastructure and jobs and dams. There were selfies.
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Questions were answered, protestors perched themselves in the carpark out the front and there was tea and sandwiches and scones.
But in the end, the promises were all a bit watered down.
Water was a central talking point.
There was plenty to reaffirm the fact that just about every facet of our region's economy is reliant on a good water supply.
Both confirmed the Urannah Dam project was in with a chance when it came to the consideration of projects. But both also stopped short of making any real commitments.
Certainly, we all know you cannot pull a rabbit from a hat on a moment's notice.
But if Messrs Turnbull, Joyce and Christensen are to uphold the credibility of this visit (and not have it deteriorate into the depths of memory as a shiny happy PR stunt), there needs to be some hard, fast follow up:
Shore up a rescue package;
Give us an answer on Urannah Dam; and
Prove your negotiation skills by bringing the state to the table on projects such as the Walkerston Bypass.
It's an election year, gentlemen. So, show us the money!