April 2, 2019
Federal Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke has promised an elected Labor government would remove a cap on water buybacks and commit to the delivery of 450GLs of environmental flow.
Mr Burke said that a Labor government would potentially use federal powers under the Water Act to drive environmental outcomes, while introducing a Bill to repeal the 1500GL cap on water buybacks.
In addition, Labor undertakings include:
Removing the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s compliance functions to the Environmental Protection Agency and ordering a review of claims of corruption against the authority
Conduct an ‘urgent review’ of the impacts of climate change on the Basin
Renegotiate the Menindee agreement to determine how the lakes are managed
South Australian Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas welcomed the announcement, saying that the federal announcement would be a ‘big win’ for the state.