Senate debates

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Bills

Future Drought Fund Bill 2019, Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019; Second Reading

10:36 am

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move the second reading amendment on sheet 8715 standing in my name:

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate notes that free or unlimited water entitlements given to fossil fuel companies by State and Territory governments, while farmers struggle with drought conditions, significantly undermines the effectiveness of any drought response by:

(a) depriving farmers of water;

(b) exacerbating droughts; and

(c) worsening climate change which further exacerbates droughts."

The amendment indicates it will be incredibly useless to have a drought fund if you continue to let big mining companies have free water.

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