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Jul 3, 2012

Qld ‘upping the ante’ on Murray-Darling a High Court test?

A decision from Queensland to withdraw its support of the Commonwealth managing the state's Murray-Darling Basin catchments would test the High Court, legal experts tell Crikey.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

If Queensland wanted to withdraw its support of the Commonwealth managing the state’s Murray-Darling Basin catchments, as Minister Andrew Cripps threatened yesterday, it would be a fairly straightforward political act. But the decision could have constitutional consequences that would test the High Court, legal experts tell Crikey.

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  1. Microseris

    Wonder if they would be taking this position if they were at the bottom of the Murray Darling system and receiving the dregs, rather than the top.

  2. ggm

    dont wanna get into a war on this but I seem to recall reading the minister can claim overriding rights to do this federally, if the states fail to agree.

    And, I can’t see how Qld pulling a big hissy-fit tanty can be classed as anything OTHER than “the states fail to agree”

    ie, yes, you have a constitutional ruling possibility your way, but other commentators suggest this is a win for the feds because they can usurp it to federal law.

    problem gawn. catz happy. fish!

  3. TheFamousEccles

    Yet more posturing. All a bit predictable. As mentioned above, If Qld were getting the left-overs you can bet the house on the LNP being as militant as possible.

  4. AR

    Yet another example of myopic parochialism which, were it within the power of MM, would have the country in utter turmoil – tories have to been in favour of States’ rights, evne when in office Federally which generally is resolved by throwing money into vast subsidies to assuage hurt local feelings.
    We have been surely been sufficiently warned, alerted & alarmed by WA, Vic, NSW & Qld, surely?

  5. Liamj

    History proves that the States are incapable of responsible management of MDB, possibly its hardwired by territorial definition, so only the Federal govt can solve this. But how?

    Since collective punishment is standard in foreign and refugee and indigenous policy, why not apply to NRM too? Stop all Fed. funding for regions over-extracting from the river (yes roads, health, education, any and every thing), then let local politics sort out those making private profit from abusing the commons. It’d be messy, but it would work, and quickly.

  6. Peter Ormonde

    One wonders why the States are still here… these colonial outposts of self-interest. Deeply disappointing and all too predictable.

    If only we could make the Murray Darling run uphill to put Brisbane on the receiving end – the last cab on the rank… and a rank little trickle it has become.

    God this country can be annoying.

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