NSW MP vomits as he holds dead fish

Mindy Sparks
January 11, 2019

The cotton industry says it is not to blame for the mass deaths of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Darling River and is exhausted of being a "whipping boy" for problems associated with the drought.

"It's a national disgrace, this once magnificent Murray cod is dead, and it absolutely stinks".

But he is suddenly overcome by nausea and apologises before he starts retching and walks off to vomit off-camera.

"It was one of the most disgusting experiences of my life".

"I felt so sick that I panicked and jumped in the river to escape it - as bad as it is!"

But Mr Blair insists no one is getting water because of the prolonged drought.

The NSW Government is in talks with the Commonwealth about operating rules and water-sharing arrangements, he added.

Mr Blair dismissed Mr Daley's demand saying that he had used his first comments about the drought to "rewrite history by ignoring the fact that similar environmental catastrophes happened under their watch when last in government".

Water has been released from the Menindee Lakes to South Australia under the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's approval and because of the drought there's been nothing to replenish the system, Mr Blair says.

The minister on Wednesday inspected the river and was confronted by more than 100 angry residents demanding answers.


Mr McBride said: "This is nothing to do with drought, this is a man-made disaster".

"It has everything to do with the total mismanagement and corruption of the water system", Mr McBride told AAP on Wednesday.

"They are rotting, they're large corpses, they're bloated in the water".

NSW Labor confirmed that it would seek to overturn the plan - supported by all basin state governments and the Morrison government - to effectively decommission the Menindee Lakes System.

In a video that has been viewed almost 4 million times, Menindee resident Dick Arnold and rancher Rob McBride say the fish kills are "a manmade disaster".

Fish kills have been caused by a Low Dissolved Oxygen event associated with the rapid die off of an algal bloom along this section of the river.

"The [Coalition parties] have been repeatedly warned by far west residents, community groups, scientists and Labor that their water policies would cause devastation on the Darling River".

"You have to be bloody disgusted in yourselves", Mr Arnold said in the video posted on Tuesday.

His daughter, Kate McBride, who is also a farmer, added: "They have survived that many droughts, and the highs and lows of it all, but the one thing they haven't been able to survive is this mismanagement".

Buckingham managed to get in a couple of jabs, criticising the management of the Murray Darling basin by the National Party and the "desecration of the river by cotton irrigators upstream", before the stench forced him to run off screen to loudly retch into nearby bushes. "Sadly, it is entirely predictable for those of us that have been warning about the raft of problems plaguing the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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