The Riverina State Meeting. Barham Hotel.

The Riverina State Meeting. Barham Hotel.
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The Riverina State Meeting. Barham Hotel.

An interested group met at the Barham Hotel the evening of Tuesday 15th January to discuss forming The Riverina into an Australian state separate from N.S.W.

The evening included discussion of the current water and timber industries, the previous attempts in 1863 and 1930 to form a Riverina state, and the political domination of N.S.W. by metropolitan politicians.

The formation of a Riverina state is believed to be the only resolution to a long history of unsatisfactory N.S.W. governance, particularly of the irrigation and timber industries; the 2018-2019 zero water allocation to irrigation farmers while flowing water out to sea being the most recent example.

David Landini pointed out that the only constitutional requirement to establish a Riverina state is the consent of the N.S.W. parliament. A compelling reason for the N.S.W. parliament to consent would be a positive result in a referendum of the people in the Riverina, which David said he was very confident would be achieved. This referendum was recognized as an essential step in the formation of The Riverina state.

Attendees agreed unanimously to continue to pursue the formation of the Riverina into a state separate from N.S.W.

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