Sally McManus ridiculed after flood suggestion on Twitter

Sally McManus took to Twitter with a bizarre suggestion to avoid flooding on Wednesday, hours after the Warragamba Dam overflowed.

A Labor Party member has been ridiculed online after suggesting floods could be avoided if people turned their taps on.

Sally McManus, secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, took to Twitter on Wednesday as thousands suffered through disastrous flooding across Queensland and NSW.

In the hours after the Warragamba Dam overflowed in the NSW Wollondilly Shire, Ms McManus proposed a “solution” for Sydney Water.

“I know there must be a really obvious answer to this, but a question for the hydrologists – when Warragamba Dam is near capacity, why doesn’t Syd Water suspend billing & ask ppl to turn on all their taps to take it down a bit before more rain comes?” her tweet read.

The backlash came in thick and fast, so much so that Ms McManus later decided to delete the post, but it wasn’t before hundreds made a mockery of it.

Some thought her account had been hacked, while others accused her of being grossly “out of touch”.

“Speaking of ‘seriously out of touch’ with reality. Sally McManus suggested that Sydney houses turn on their taps to lessons the flood (all you tap water goes to the treatment plans). Oh and there will be 600 BILLION liters of water going over the spillway. Maths FTW,” one response read.

“Is this tweet real or has Sally McManus been hacked?” another said.

An army of others put their own spin on Ms McManus’ tweet, posting parodies that used her opening line then addressed other issues.

“I know there must be a really obvious answer to this, but a question for Mario the plumber – when a dam is near capacity, why doesn’t the premier ring a bell and get everyone to flush their toilet at *exactly* the same time a bit before the rain comes?” one person joked.

“I know there must be a really obvious answer to this but when the country is on fire why don’t we turn on all the gas hobs?” someone else said.

Another joking suggested the easy solution to global warming would be for energy providers to suspend billing and ask people to turn on their “air conditioners to take it down a bit before more heat comes”.

Someone else jokingly proposed the UN ask people to “piss on farmland, thus fixing nitrogen from the air into the soil and increasing O2 percentage” to solve dwindling oxygen levels caused by deforestation.

One said: “I know there must be a really obvious answer to this, but a question for the hydrologists: if everyone in Sydney drinks a liter of tap water then urinates on me — will it help me to feel anything?”.

Inflation rates were the target of someone else’s rogue suggestion.

“I know there must be a really obvious answer to this, but a question for the economists – if all the banks turned off their ATMs all over Australia for a few weeks, saving millions of dollars, we could reroute the savings into worker’s accounts to offset the effects of inflation?” they said.

Not everyone was ripping on Ms McManus though, with some coming to her defense due to her work as a trade unionist.

“Don’t get why Sally McManus is getting dunked on. She’s a union organizer and was wanting to know something well outside of her expertise. People should be open about not being an expert in everything,” one wrote.

Originally published as Labor’s Sally McManus roasted over ridiculous flood suggestion

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