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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Resolutions of the Senate

Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission; Consideration of Senate Message

5:33 pm

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I have received the following message from the Senate:

The Senate transmits to the House of Representatives the following resolution which was agreed to by the Senate this day:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) the Murray-Darling Royal Commission recommended that future water recovery for the environment, including the 450 GL, should be purchased through buyback, which requires repeal of the 1,500 GL cap on buybacks in section 85C of the Water Act 2007; and

  (ii) the future environmental health of the Murray-Darling Basin relies on additional water recovery; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to support the urgent repeal of the 1,500 GL limit on Commonwealth water purchases.

The Senate requests the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this resolution.

Ordered that the message be considered immediately.

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