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The Template

If you are like us at Wadayathinkothis, you will frequently be looking at news stories, particularly about government and trying to figure out what is going on.



The Template

The Template

If you are like us at Wadayathinkothis, you will frequently be looking at news stories, particularly about government and trying to figure out what is going on. You will be trying to understand what and why something has happened.

We believe very little happens by chance. We believe things are the way they are because that is the way they are meant to be. We believe – contrary to popular belief – that our politicians are smart and capable people, particularly the ministers in charge of departments.

There is now more information, more education and more experience in the delivery of programs than at any time in our history. And then of course there is our history. We can look back and see what has gone on before and what the likely outcomes of our present actions will be. In short, it appears there is very little excuse or reason for bad management. There is, you would think, very little reason for not achieving what has been set out.

You would think there is even less reason for making a total stuff up of any process – and yet stuff ups abound. In fact, if you were cynical, you may even say they are the norm. You may also observe that the decision processes, particularly surrounding those things that don’t work or get stuffed up, are surrounded by more and more secrecy.

At Wadyathinkothis, we began to think how, in this day and age of unprecedented information, resources, skill and education, smart and clever people can and do still make such a mess of things. To help us sift through the confusion, we developed what we call our ‘template’.

The template has led us to discover that mostly the disasters we love to hate are usually hiding very specific outcomes. Our opinion is that, considering the skills and resources of those in charge, those specific outcomes reveal the true aim and prupose of their actions and policies.

Our template is based on three questions. The answers to those questions are then linked with three statements.

The ‘Template’ is –

• What was meant to happen?

• What didn’t happen?

• What did happen?

• The people in charge are smart and capable.

• What happened is exactly what was meant to happen.

• Therefore, as the result of a process being guided and implemented by smart and capable people, if what happened was exactly what was meant to happen, then what happened was the real aim of the process.

We like to think this strips away most of the smoke and mirrors. It is a tool we apply to any set of circumstances to see if we can get to the real reasons for, and aims of, the actions of those concerned. A sort of ‘detective directive’. We will be developing stories based on this template surrounding some of the smallest and largest issues facing our society today.
We hope you enjoy the journey with us ….


Australian Governments Agree Small Towns are Economically Negative Assets!

Governments agree dysfunctional, downscale communities deserve to die.




Wakool Hotel
Wakool fighting on

Forgive me for any inaccuracies in the details of the following brief summary of Australia’s recent history. However, in a general sense, this is how it appears to have unfolded.

Bob Hawke lifted tariffs on imported goods and took out several sectors of Australian manufacturing virtually overnight. Keating opened up and deregulated the financial market which included selling off the Commonwealth Bank. Howard came along and asset stripped the place. Turnbull came along and continued the selling, continued the weaponisation of the FIRB in favour of foreign interests, failed to secure a national energy supply from our own national resources and oversaw the continued selling of our natural resources including, unbelievably, our water.

While there may be some omissions or mis-attributions, that seems to be roughly what has happened.

Governments, at all levels over this time, have increased the cost and complexity of doing business. They have imposed more and more internal regulation making it harder and harder for Australian business of all types to survive, let alone thrive. With the virtual removal of manufacturing, Australia has now become a mainly service economy.

This has all been done in the name of globilisation, the dream of free trade between countries to everyone’s mutual benefit.

Other countries – our trading ‘partners’ – still have tariffs, still have high levels of subsidies (tariffs by another mechanism) and still have vastly different wage and work conditions giving them, in many cases, a tremendous comparative advantage. More often than not, we cannot do in their country what they are allowed to do in ours in terms of land and business ownership.

Remember the level playing field? Instead of that dreamy piece of lying propaganda, a totally unprepared and under-informed Australia was rolled over onto its back while the rest of the world picked us to pieces. We have been asset stripped, demanufactured, privatised and are in very real terms, and don’t laugh, in danger of being dispossessed.

Meanwhile, globalisation, which is now really a Trojan horse for global corporatisation, continues with pace. The actual end vision of globalisation has never been openly discussed with the Australian public – or any other public for that matter. There has never been any type of referendum or plebiscite on whether or not that is what we wanted to do with out lives.

The imposition of globalisation has had far reaching and incredibly disrupting and in many cases very destructive outcomes. It has cost lives, it has destroyed families and communities and it has nearly destroyed our representative democracy.

It is not hard to argue that the social and environmental destruction caused by globalisation is mirrored in the social and environmental destruction caused by the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Likewise, it is not hard to recognise the common fanaticism and commitment for both to be completed ‘in full and on time’, despite the environmental destruction and social upheaval they are causing.

These plans are locked in. Globalisation is the most relevant and powerful change driver in our country at this time. It is also the least discussed. It has been implemented without education of the public about the known changes it is forcing upon us as individuals, communities and as a country.

This ideology has been forced upon us intentionally. What we are experiencing is not a mistake.

Globalisation is simply an ideology; it not a necessity. Nonetheless, its predictable impacts upon the people of this country, especially those in the rural sectors, has been devastating. These impacts are not only predictable, they are, in fact, built into the model.

Demonstrations against the many appalling social and environmental outcomes in the Murray Darling Basin are valuable actions and they are indeed causing some political maneuvering. However, the reality is that the MDBA, federal and state politicians are all minor players in a much bigger game. If we really want to solve this issue, there are bigger fish to fry.

In closing I would like to quote a passage from the book ‘Rusted Off’ by Gabrielle Chan (Vintage Books Australia, 2018). If you live in a struggling rural community, look no further than the last paragraph for the answer to your current situation.

“I started covering politics during the dying days of the Keating government, and the underlying message from economists since then has been small towns do not work in an age of globalisation. This is an international argument.

The most blunt statement of it in recent times was from Kevin D Williamson in the ‘Nation Review’ (USA), talking about the near dead tiny town of Garbutt, in New York State, prior to Trump’s election.

“The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets.”

Ask your local state and federal member about that….. Wadayathinkothis?

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Murray Darling Basin residents subjected to negative health and social outcomes deliberately

Consequences of Murray Darling Basin decisions well known




Health Concerns in the Murray Darling Basin

Health Concerns in the Murray Darling Basin. Image Credit: Ian Wall

There is a figure used in finance in America that states for every 1% increase in unemployment, 40,000 people die. While that exact figure might be argued, the fact that there are personal and social health consequences to government and corporate decisions cannot be argued.

These health consequences are known to anyone who has studied economics, government administration, town planning, finance, banking, law, public health, medicine and so on. In other words, information that is known to everyone in government and the corporate world.

These health and social outcomes are certain. They are predictable. They are, in some cases, quite accurately quantifiable prior to the decision being made. They are predictable, certain, known.

Those health and social outcomes include, yet are not limited to-
Deaths as a result of suicide, reduced medical and health support services, risks associated with changes in living standards and arrangements (the dangers of being homeless for example), increased medication and drug use, social unrest and so on.

Mental health issues brought on by sudden changes in circumstance, extended periods of mental and emotional stress during periods of forced change, financial ruin are certain and known.

Family unit breakdowns, business failures, community relationships being lost, communities themselves being weakened and destroyed.

The business failures and community breakdowns due to the shift of economic production are all certain and known outcomes of government and corporate decisions.

These outcomes are seen in government projects such as the Murray Darling Basin and in corporate events such as the closing of manufacturing facilities.

So, when we look at the economic, environmental and social mess that is the Murray Darling scheme, we should see it clearly through the lens of knowing that everyone of those decision were intentional and their outcomes were predictable and in many cases quantifiable. We should know that in the face of that knowledge, those decisons were made anyway.

That should change the way we see what has happened, it should change the way we react to what has happened and it should change the way in which we try to redress what has happened. Throughout the Murray Darling Basin, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, what is happening to you now is not the mistake of some dumb politician.

The simple truth is, it is the known outcome of an intentional decision.

How does that make you feel?

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Intentional and Predictable

At the core of the problems in the Murray Darling Basin lies the elephant in the room, Every single action carried out by those currently in charge is Intentional and Deliberate and the outcomes have been Predictable




Dead Dry Fauna on the Dry Darling River
Intentional and Deliberate, Dead remains in the base of the Darling River (Image credit: Mark Merritt, Earthling Studios)

At the core of the problems in the Murray Darling Basin lies the elephant in the room, Every single action carried out by the Corporations, Federal Government, The MDBA, WaterNSW, all actions by these parties are intentional.

It’s a mistake to think that these actions are mal-administration, they are in fact deliberate administration.

Included in these intentional actions is the framing of the legislation ( The Water Act 2007 ) and the creation of the Murray Darling Basin Authority. All Intentional. Further, these intentional acts have been supported through successive Labour and LNP governments.

The fact that there is no royal commission into the scheme is also intentional.

Water being allowed to be traded off farm and internationally, Intentional.

Foreign investors profiteering from Australian water at the expense of Australian Farmers

Foreign investors profiteering from Australian water at the expense of Australian Farmers

Corporations funded by tax payers to shift their operations away from the regions which are being dried up, Intentional.

Draining of the Menindee Lakes ( Rapid Draw Down Policy ), Intentional.

The destruction of a nationally significant ecosystem, Intentional.

Increased water prices and smaller farmers being forced off their land, Predictable.

Decline of Rural Communities, Predictable.

Severe community health outcomes, including suicide, depression, family breakdowns, small business destruction, and regional depopulation, KNOWN PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES.

Destruction of environments, Predictable and Intentional.

The only way we can address these problems is to redress the environmental modifications carried out by corporate agribusiness, halt rapid draw down from Menindee Lakes and decommission the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline and all other infrastructure built without sound science or business plans, including reassessment of the SA Barrages and, investigate and bring to justice any minister, bureaucrat, authority and corporate entity who have acted illegally. Finally we need input and engagement with farmers, irrigators, first nations people and scientists who all need an equal seat at the table where corporate and political influence is negated via full transparency.


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