Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bills

Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012; In Committee

12:10 pm

Photo of Don FarrellDon Farrell (SA, Australian Labor Party, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water) Share this | Hansard source

I thank Senator Nash for her question. I have answered the question. Senator Nash may not like the answer, may not like the way in which I have answered or may not accept the answer, but I will read it again from the notes in the legislation:

Under this Part, the Commonwealth will not conduct open tender rounds that are available to all water access entitlement holders in a water resource plan area to purchase water access rights.

I am not sure how I can make it any clearer to Senator Nash. If you do not accept my answer then continue with your amendment and we will vote on it. That is obviously the way we will resolve this issue, but I am not prevaricating. I am answering your question in the most honest way I can, and that is by referring to the legislation itself. You may not accept it, but it is the answer in one of the notes to the legislation. I think it resolves the issue.

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