Media Release

26 June 2017

Walsh: New report on Murray Darling Basin Plan

Monday 26 June 2017

New report on Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Plan’s (MDBP) additional 450GL upwater must be scrapped.

A fresh push from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists today to deliver the 450GL upwater in full fails to recognise that removing more water will have devastating socio-economic impacts on southern Basin communities.

There was no evidence to support the 450GL when it was written into the Plan after a secretive deal between Federal Labor and the South Australian Labor Government.

The Liberal-Nationals’ consistent position has been that there’s no way to deliver this water if it causes socio-economic hardship on our Basin communities in Victoria.

Daniel Andrews and Victoria’s Labor Senators must get in behind Federal Water Minister Barnaby Joyce and make sure Victoria’s irrigators don’t suffer as a result of secret deals with South Australia.