Basin Plan

Murray Darling Basin Plan Senate disallowance vote down to wire

3 May 2018

Mike Foley,
3 May 2018

Labor is leaning in to the Turnbull government’s bid to block a Senate vote on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, set down by the Greens for May 8.

At stake is the go-ahead for 37 infrastructure works, granted with consent from Basin states, which are designed to move environmental water more efficiently and reduce irrigation cutbacks by 605 gigalitres, known as Sustainable Diversion Limit offset projects.

Citing environmental shortfalls in project designs, the Greens want the Senate to vote to remove Parliament’s approval.

Federal Water Minister David Littleproud is rallying support against the Greens. He says the projects will work and communities and industry can’t take any more surprises.

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