/ 28 November 2023

Going to water

Image source: Peter Robey/DPIE
Image source: Peter Robey/DPIE

The Albanese Government and the Greens have come up with a deal for the next iteration of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. To start at the top, it was legislated in 2012 and put $13 billion towards improving the health of the country’s multi-state river system by mid-2024. In July, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said the targets on shoring up environmental flows would be missed – so this new deal is about what’s next up to the end of 2027. The biggest change is allowing for more water buybacks to take place – that’s when the government purchases a farmer’s licence, so they can’t use it to irrigate crops. The Coalition isn’t happy about that – they say buybacks will be costly to communities relying on that water for their livelihoods. The new plan has got to get parliamentary support, so pull up a lilo…

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