Environment

Feb 19, 2018

States, Joyce in the frame for Murray-Darling collapse

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is falling apart as states back out, but were they doing much to begin with?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

To hear the NSW government claiming it will walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan after last week's disallowance of a regulation to reduce environmental allocations is to witness institutional chutzpah of the highest order.

NSW has never had much interest in fulfilling its responsibilities in relation to the basin, and it has basically acted as a cipher for irrigators who want to extract as much water as they can from the system. On some rivers in the NSW part of the system, NSW's departure from the plan will make little difference because it was barely doing anything to implement the plan in the first place.

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5 thoughts on “States, Joyce in the frame for Murray-Darling collapse

  1. leon knight

    The federal administration of the plan needs to be one of the priorities of a federal ICAC (if Labor can get one up), abuse of environmental protection processes does not get much more serious than this, and prison sentences for some administrators and irrigators are essential.

  2. AR

    This entire farrago is a good example of the pointlessness of writing ‘technical’ laws which few but the terminally deluded ever imagined would be enforced.
    We had it from Barnyard’s own slobbering lips, “bugger the greenies!” but it is the food bowl of Australia that is being threatened.

    1. leon knight

      There is not that much technical doubt about tampering with meters…do it – get jailed, lose licence permanently.

  3. klewso

    Jethro, use his position to benefit rich donor irrigators – while having a shot at “greenies”? Unthinkable?

  4. MAC TEZ

    The theft of the nations most important resource under the watch of the two KH’s (Kev & Kat) in NSW and Barney Beetrooter at the Federal level should see all three of them locked up for a long time.
    Theirs is a crime that has serious long term and possibly irreversible consequences for all of us in Oz.
    All three of them are/were gNats, beholden to their cotton farming benefactors.
    A whole new take on a “National disgrace”.

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