The Senate is considering shock legislation which would remove a critical safeguard for Basin communities.
We need your help to stop this half-baked idea in its tracks. Please inform yourself about this issue, and sign our petition below to demonstrate your support for Basin towns.
What is the 1,500GL cap?
The 1,500GL cap on water buybacks was introduced in 2013 in recognition of the toll buybacks were having on Basin communities. It places a limit on the amount of water the Government can purchase back from irrigators.
Instead, the Government must invest in water efficiency projects which return the same volume of water to the environment – without damaging the economies of Basin towns.
This policy is a genuine win-win: the same volume of water is secured for the environment, and rural communities can continue to produce great Aussie food and fibre.
Why is removing the cap now such a bad idea?
This proposal is being driven purely by pre-election politics, with no regard for the impact it will have on Basin communities. Removing the cap would be a shocking decision for three simple reasons:
1. The Basin is currently in drought
We would be making this policy on the run, in the midst of an historic drought event. This would further distort our water markets, and damage rural economies at the worst possible time.
2. It ignores the Productivity Commission
The Basin Plan has just been subject to a 5-yearly independent review by the Productivity Commission. The Productivity Commission made no recommendation to lift the cap on buybacks.
3. There is no practical need
We’re currently sitting below the cap with only 1,200GL acquired, so there is no pressing need to remove it. Any urgency is driven purely by pre-election politics, not policy.
How can you help?
We need to send a clear message that Australians will not support this brand of cheap politics at the expense of rural communities.
Please add your signature below, and share this page on social media to encourage others to do the same.
Petition to #KeepTheCap on Basin buybacksRead the petition
|1,201||Alan M.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,200||Barry D.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,199||Rodney D.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,198||David F.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,197||Andrew C.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,196||Wolfgang S.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,195||Craig K.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,194||Liam C.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,193||Frances C.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,192||Michael C.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,191||Sarah T.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,190||Sandra C.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,189||Kevin M.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,188||Roos P.||Feb 17, 2019|
|1,187||Tom M.||Feb 17, 2019|