This is so irresistible, I think I’ll just print the whole thing — from ABC News Online (Australia):

Beattie forecasts farmers’ watering ban in ‘armageddon’ situation

Growers in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, could be paid to stop farming for up to 12 months if south-east Queensland’s water situation worsens.

The idea has been raised by Premier Peter Beattie on the campaign trail in the Darling Downs city of Toowoomba.

But Mr Beattie says the plan would only be used as a last resort.

“We’re not going to see those farmers lose out, those farmers are not going to be disadvantaged financially,” he said.

“We’ll do it on a farm-by-farm basis but we’ve made no decision to do it.

“They would only be consulted through this process if this was an armageddon situation.”

But the State Opposition is outraged by the suggestion.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg says it is a bad idea.

“This would never have happened under a Coalition government ever,” he said.

“We would have build the water pipelines, we would have built the dams and this wouldn’t have happened.

“But now because of Mr Beattie and this Government’s neglect, we’re not going to have a water crisis, we’re going to have a fruit and vegetable shortage.”

Let’s hope they sort everything out before the missiles are launched.

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