Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bills

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

12:17 pm

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

I am not sure where we are heading with all of this. The whole purpose of this piece of legislation is to try and do two things: restore the health of all of those communities that rely on the Murray-Darling Basin and improve and restore the environmental health of the Murray-Darling. All of the purchases that have been made have all been designed to achieve that outcome. We want this legislation passed so that we can continue the work that we have started, and so all of those communities that you, obviously, are concerned about in the area you have just mentioned can get the benefit of this legislation.

You can doubt whether or not we will achieve our goals. I am confident that the work that has been put in, the agreements that have been reached and the efforts that the federal government and the states have put into this legislation—

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