Anger Over Senate Pulling the Plug on Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Last night’s Senate vote which scuttled the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Northern Basin plan has been described as sabotage by the Queensland Farmers Federation.

QFF President Stuart Armitage says the fate of Northern Basin communities and the environment hang in the balance now thanks to a Senate that, by voting to support the Greens Disallowance Motion will see a further 70 GL recovered from the Northern Basin.

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He says it’s a move that needs to stand condemned and is a blatant example of putting politics over people and balanced independent advice.

Mr Armitage says it’s 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.

“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.”

MR Armitage says any politician who took a decision to vote against what was an independent four-year, evidence-based consultation process is simply out of touch and their actions may well sink the entire Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“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.”

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