Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan
The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) wants to return less water to the environment in the southern basin, but the Federal Greens had vowed to stop that.
The Greens spent months lobbying Labor and Senate crossbenchers to support a disallowance motion in the Upper House which would have released that water.
The MDBA warned that if the Greens got enough political support, it could spell the end for the plan.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the “historic agreement would provide clarity to many communities.
“It gives them the certainty of their livelihoods, it gives them the opportunity to get on with their lives without government being in it,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Today, Tony Burke and the Australian Labor Party have taken my hand and I thank them for that.
“This shows to every Australian out there, that this place here, we can get outcomes.”
Earlier today, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said South Australia was being “screwed over time and time again by the plan”.
“Last week I was down at the bottom of the river — at the river mouth — it’s sick, it’s dying and we’re not getting the water we were promised coming through the system.”