Basin Plan

Labor deal means Murray-Darling Basin Plan amendments to proceed

8 May 2018

Peter Hannam, The Age
8 May 2018

The $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan will reduce its planned environmental water savings by about one-fifth after the Turnbull government won support for amendments from Labor.

Labor reversed course after siding with the Greens and other Senate crossbenchers in February to block a cut of 70 billion litres a year in environmental flows for the northern basin, mostly in NSW.

A second Senate vote, scheduled for Tuesday, would have sought to disallow a further 605 billion litres for the southern basin, taking in the main foodbowl regions of NSW and Victoria.

Labor, however, opted to support the government on both basin measures, a move that drew praise from Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who said, “we rarely achieve lasting results by going to war”.

Read full article here.