Senate debates

Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Murray-Darling Basin Plan; Order for the Production of Documents

4:24 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1389 standing in my name for today concerning an order for the production of documents relating to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Just to clarify: it is to update the date that the order would be returned by to 5.00 pm, Friday the 15th.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

(1) That the Senate notes that:

(a) the South Australian Royal Commission handed down its findings on 29 January 2019; and

(b) Commissioner Bret Walker, SC found that the construction of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was unlawful.

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by no later than 5 pm on Friday, 15 February 2019, all legal advice received by the Department or relevant agencies, including the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and the National Water Commission, relating to the development of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the 2750GL water recovery target.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that motion No. 1389 be agreed to.