The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and members have condemned the decision by the Federal Labor Party to support the Greens Disallowance Motion in the Senate that will see a further 70 GL recovered from the Northern Basin.
QFF President Stuart Armitage said it was very disappointing that the Labor Party, particularly Queensland Labor Senators, appear set to put South Australian State Election politicking ahead of the needs of southern Queensland’s irrigation-dependent communities and farmers.
“Labor’s decision to vote against the Murray-Darling Basin Authority recommended amendments to the Basin Plan defy logic. These independent recommendations are the result of a process that the Labor Government established when it signed the Basin Plan into law in 2012,” said Mr. Armitage.
“It is astounding that Labor also appear to be calling for a new review into the Northern Basin – after we have just completed a four-year process on this.”
“It is now essential, for the sake of the survival of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, that cross bench Senators come to the table in the national interest to find a solution to this mess.”
“The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is a much-needed response to the decades of neglect of the Basin and must be implemented in a way that does not sacrifice our regional communities for the sake of political brinkmanship”.