23 Feb 2018

SENATE SINKS MURRAY-DARLING BASIN PLAN

Last night the Senate sabotaged the fate of Northern Basin communities and the environment by voting to support the Greens Disallowance Motion that will see a further 70 GL recovered from the Northern Basin.

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and members have condemned the outcome of the vote labelling it as a blatant example of putting politics over people and balanced independent advice.

QFF President Stuart Armitage said it was frustrating and disappointing that positioning for upcoming southern elections had been put ahead of the real issue – the fate of Northern Basin communities and the environment.

“The decision to vote against an independent four year, evidence-based consultation process is unacceptable and may sink the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” said Mr. Armitage.

“There is no doubt that some Basin states will consider walking away from the Plan if politicians start picking and choosing parts of the Plan to support, particularly when it is based on political gain.”

“It is critical that politicians quickly reflect on these actions and get back to responsible compromise. No one has got, nor will get, exactly what they want from the Basin Plan. Historically, there has been an understanding of this and politicians have acted accordingly.”

“QFF and industry members will do everything we can to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is maintained and implemented.”

“QFF and members thank the Government and other cross-bench senators that supported farmers and their communities by voting against the motion. Their understanding and appreciation of the broader implications to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has not gone unnoticed.”

 

This article was published on www.qff.org.au last 15 February 2018.

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