Labor threatens to override states on Murray health

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.

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