Nationals have no intentionof delivering promised Murray-Darling water to SA

Wednesday, 18 September 2019



The National Party has confirmed it has no intention of delivering 450 gigalitres of environmental water back to the Murray-Darling Basin, in alarming news for South Australians.

During a vote at the Party’s Federal Council, National’s Victorian deputy leader passed a motion opposing the section of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which requires the additional 450 gigalitres of water be recovered.

Federal Water Minister David Littleproud appears to have no authority to override his own National Party.

The SA Labor Team urges the Morrison Government to immediately come clean about their intentions with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

We have known for some time that the National Party wants to dismantle the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Barnaby Joyce famously told South Australians to move where the water is.

Ensuring the long-term health of the Murray in South Australia, home to the River’s mouth, is not only important for our State but for the health of the entire system.

The job of the Federal Minister for Water is to protect the Basin for all Australians.

South Australians have repeatedly faced Water Ministers under this Government who are actively working against them.

The communities of the Murray Darling Basin and Australians more broadly, must have confidence in the $13 billion Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The Basin requires transparency, accountability and integrity, instead we have a Morrison government at war with itself on water policy and if this continues, South Australians will end up paying the price.

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