Exhausted, frustrated and fed-up farmers filled the ABC Q&A audience last night, but no one was more eloquent in getting the message across than 21-year-old panelist Kate McBride, a grazier from Menindee.
Sitting on a panel with the federal Minister for Water, Resources and Drought and the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Kate was fierce in her defence of people on the land.
“Drought packages are focused on big people, big business… there’s this idea that you get big or get out. That’s the genuine feeling,” she told them.
Here’s Kate going head to head with the Minister for Drought, David Littleproud. Post continues after video.
Kate couldn’t help but shoot furious looks at the two politicians throughout the entirety of the hour-long show as they defended government mismanagement of water. Kate retorted with calls for a royal commission into the handling of the Murray Darling Basin, a statement that was met with cheers from the crowd.
“That’s the only way I see a future, we need to get to the bottom of what’s gone wrong,” she said.
“There are people leaving the land out our way and millions of fish dying and it was only after videos went viral that we had anybody come out and visit us,” she explained.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) October 28, 2019