I had to finally write about it . Whenever I actually comment on messageboards or in  comments sections I am dishonestly labeled as somehow giving Tony Abbotts’ views and not my own. Then this appalling garbage was published .


This article was just disdainfully offensive , particularly Laurie’s thoughts towards farmers.

This is my reply :

John Obrien first went to print in 1906. While much time has passed, his Poem Said Hanrahan (1921), is a familiar story,

I know well the country and Folk he spoke of. The concerns they shared are still relevant today.

1906 also saw the beginning of a drought that would grip most of eastern Australia and not break until 1916.

The event would lead the Government to legislate and build Burrinjuck dam.

And so around the chorus ran
“It’s keepin’ dry, no doubt.”
“We’ll all be rooned.” Said Hanrahan.
“before the year is out.”

Given that 1914 saw the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and (I assume) Darling Rivers run dry. The above would have been a common chorus of genuine concern for many communities across Southern NSW and Victorian districts where Patrick Joseph Hartigan served as a Priest.

It should be noted: More recently it’s considered, without the dams to maintain its’ flow the Murray River would have run dry at around 2006 through drought that began in 1993.
With regulation becoming tighter, for a brief time in 2004, a section of the Murrumbidgee River (that I know) was dry from bank to bank for most of 100 meters with the water about half a meter down.

“There won’t be, grass in any case,
Enough to feed an ass;
there’s not a blade on Casey’s place
As I came down to Mass.”

1911- 1916 saw the loss of some 19 million sheep and 2 million cattle.

In Gods good time came down the rain;

And all the afternoon
on iron roof and window-pane
it drummed a homely tune.

And rain it did, in1916

And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
“We’ll all be rooned,” said hanrahan,
“If this rain doesn’t stop.”

1916-17 saw wide spread flooding across the Murray Darling Basin
The Murrumbidgee recorded two floods in August and October of 1916
and a further four floods in 1917.

It’s interesting to note that the 2012 John O’brien Festival was cancelled due to flooding on the Murrumbidgee River that led to the isolation of the community of Narrandera and the surrounding Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, for the second time since the 2010 breaking of a drought that began in 1993.

So nearly 100 years on nothing has changed, we deal with the droughts and flooding rains
bushfire with each yearly threat.

We have the added concern for the effects of Combet’s impending environmental tax and Bourke’s flawed Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Legislation that will control the weather; to protect the environment and save the rivers.

“if we don’t get this carbon tax and MDBP plan
There will be more drought and flooding rains
we’ll  all be rooned” they say. “Before the year is out”

each man squats on his heal to muse and chew his piece of bark
and ready for the next cycle of drought or flooding rain.

Total ignorance of life in the bush has permeated the loopy left in the Australian media.

But on second thoughts,being so ignorant  … it is hard to refer to them as really Australian.



Western NSW !