Blame game but still no trigger points on $2.2b desal plant

Sadly for South Australians, Premier Weatherill’s Water Minister continues to play the blame game over Labor's $2.2 billion desalination plant.
 

Sadly for South Australians, Premier Weatherill’s Water Minister continues to play the blame game over Labor's $2.2 billion desalination plant.
 
However, Minister Hunter refuses to provide any options about managing the facility for the benefit of all South Australians.
 
Shadow Water and River Murray Minister Michelle Lensink said Mr Weatherill's Labor Government has failed to provide trigger points and certainty for all South Australians.
 
“Mr Weatherill's $2.2 billion desalination plant needs to have trigger points for operation when we don’t have access to cheaper water sources,” said Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray Michelle Lensink.
 
“Me Weatherill's Water Minister claims the $2.2 billion desalination plant has been ‘activated,’ but what he forgets to mention is the facility is in a commission phase as part of a Labor promise and is soon to be mothballed.
 
“Mr Weatherill's Minister must answer: who's paying for the operation of the $2.2 billion desalination plant and 56 billion litres that has been produced while we have a cheaper source of water in the River Murray?
 
“Mr Weatherill's Minister also speaks of a cheaper source of water, but under this Labor Government water prices have risen by 249 per cent.”
 
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the Weatherill Labor Government would rather let the river run dry at the detriment of our food producers.
 
“Minister Hunter needs to remember that South Australia’s food producers gave up water during the drought to ensure Adelaide’s water security,” said Mr Whetstone.
 
“To date, every drop of water for the Murray Darling Basin Plan has come from our irrigators to ensure South Australia has a healthy sustainable river system.
 
“Trigger points for the $2.2 billion desalination plant are critical in an overall management plan and it is something the Labor Government continues to neglect.”

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