Senator Rex Patrick questions whether ‘driest continent on the planet’ should grow, export cotton
South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has thrown down the gauntlet to Australia’s $2 billion cotton industry calling for a ban on cotton exports.
He says we export 90% of the cotton we grow & because it uses about 20% of the basin’s water… it’s akin to exporting 20% of the Murray Darling to China and India.
Suffice to say the Cotton industry doesn’t agree calling the proposal a reckless attack on rural communities, but Senator Patrick plans to press on and will introduce legislation to the parliament next week.
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