Murray-Darling Basin plan- Members statement

Mr O'Sullivan — Last week the Senate up in Canberra passed a disallowance motion in relation to the review of the northern basin in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin plan. Unfortunately the Labor Party and the Greens in the Senate voted for the disallowance motion. Greens and Labor senators from Victoria voted against the best interests of their state, even with the Victorian Labor water minister writing to them asking them not to pass the motion.

As a result of the motion, there has been much discussion over the future of the Murray-Darling Basin plan. Some are calling for the plan to be scrapped altogether. This would be a disaster for the people of northern Victoria and would be a disaster for the economy of Victoria as well. It would be a disaster for all water users. It would be a bad outcome for the environment, it would be a bad outcome for irrigators and it would be a bad outcome for communities.

I am calling on cool heads to prevail and take stock of the bigger picture in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin and stick with it, because there are many benefits for all Victorians in sticking with the basin plan that we have all worked so hard to install and see its way through over the last six years.

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