Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Murray-Darling Basin Authority; Order for the Production of Documents
(1) The Senate notes that:
(a) on 7 February 2018, the Senate agreed to an order for the production of documents concerning all assessments of the 36 adjustment mechanism projects completed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA);
(b) on 22 March 2018, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (Senator Canavan) tabled documents within the scope of the order in full; and
(c) on 23 March 2018, the MDBA wrote to Senator Patrick advising that the documents they had provided do not, in isolation, provide a good representation of how the final agreed package of projects was put together by jurisdictions, and the strength of the assessment process undergone by all proposals brought forward by Basin states, but advised that there was a final modelled notified package that included all issues raised by jurisdictions in their assessments.
(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by no later than 3.30 pm on 15 August 2018:
(a) the final modelled notified package for all adjustment mechanism projects; and
(b) the current project status of all adjustment mechanism projects.
The government supports transparency and will work with state jurisdictions to provide additional information. The government agrees that it is critical that communities, stakeholders and taxpayers have confidence in the delivery of the package of measures under the sustainable diversion limit adjustment mechanism. The government has committed to annual technical workshops on these measures, with the first to be held on 30 June 2018. Transparency will be key to taking communities, including the scientific community, on the journey to deliver these critically important programs.
Question agreed to.