A Senate inquiry into the availability of water in the Murray-Darling basin to save the Coorong is likely when Parliament resumes in a fortnight. The Greens today called for an urgent inquiry into what water is available within the system for purchase by the Government.

Coalition senators have also complained about the lack of information on what water could be urgently purchased within the Basin to temporarily prevent further drying-out of the Coorong and Lower Lakes, and South Australian independent Nick Xenophon has signalled he will aggressively push the government on the Murray. Given that the removal of the tidal barrages is being seriously considered by the South Australian Government, the inquiry could be widened into the effects of returning the region to its original estuarine state.