Help us stop Senator Hanson-Young's naïve assault on the Murray Darling Basin.
South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, has moved a disallowance motion in the Senate which would see the recommendations of an independent review steamrolled by politics.
The Basin Plan was created with periodic review and adjustment in mind.
Last year's Northern Basin Review concluded that communities in the Northern Basin were nearing breaking point as a result of water buybacks. It also identified a number of more effective ways to deliver environmental outcomes without the need for buybacks.
The Basin Plan was amended accordingly to moderate buybacks in the Northern Basin and place greater focus on 'complementary measures' to achieve environmental outcomes.
Senator Hanson-Young's disallowance motion seeks to veto this independent advice.
The impact of this so-called 'Basin Basher' motion is twofold. It will:
- increase job losses in the Northern Basin from 530 to 710 (jobs that small communities cannot afford to lose); and
- stand in the way of complementary measures, which will improve the health of the Basin overall.
The Basin Basher motion can only succeed with the support of a major party.
The Coalition has been quick to reject the motion, however the Labor Party is playing its cards closer to its chest.
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