Premier’s reckless Murray policy on the run

Federal legislation drafted to deliver up to 450 additional gigalitres of water to the Murray-Darling system may end up devastating South Australian river communities.
 

Federal legislation drafted to deliver up to 450 additional gigalitres of water to the Murray-Darling system may end up devastating South Australian river communities.
 
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the River Murray Tim Whetstone said a Senate inquiry revealed yesterday the legislation had nothing to prevent the entire 450 GL being obtained through buybacks.
 
“There is nothing in the legislation that even prevents all of that water being obtained from South Australia’s irrigated food producers,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“Premier Weatherill has signed South Australia up to this legislation sight unseen. He was so desperate to be seen as a champion achieving a win for the river that he didn’t bother with the details.
 
“He declared a victory and demanded everyone support his reckless, divisive, vote-grabbing policy-on-the-run approach to water reform.
 
“The Premier didn’t even bother to attend the Senate inquiry into the very legislation he claimed was a win for South Australia. The government was scheduled to appear but pulled out at the last minute.
 
“The Liberals warned the devil would be in the detail, and that has proved to be the case.”

Mr Whetstone said Labor could not be trusted to deliver a fair and balanced outcome for South Australia.
 
“The Premier has exploited this most important issue for political gain and wasted taxpayers’ money in the process,” he said.
 
“He’s watered down his demands from 4,000 GL to 3,200 GL. He’s secretly agreed to SA giving up more water under the original 2,750 GL Basin Plan. Labor also spent $2.2 billion of taxpayers’ money on a desalination plant that was supposed to take pressure off the river but is now being mothballed.
 
“The Weatherill Labor Government can’t be trusted on water reform in the Basin.”

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