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Govt opposes Commission of Inquiry Bill, failing Murray-Darling once

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Sarah Hanson-Young 19 Sep 2019

The Government has again failed family farms and River communities by opposing a bill to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin, the Greens say.

The majority report of the Government-led Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee tabled today, claims a Commission of Inquiry would cover little new ground despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

“The Government’s ‘nothing-to-see-here’ approach to the many issues and scandals plaguing the Murray-Darling Basin is a sick joke,” Greens Spokesperson for Water Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The truth is they know a Royal Commission would expose the extent of the corruption and the Liberal-Nationals’ failure for six years now to implement the MDB Plan.

“A federal Royal Commission is the only way to get to the bottom of the misconduct, get the plan back on track and ensure a healthy river system for future generations.

“The days of big corporate irrigators running the show must end. Farmers, rural towns and the River are on the brink and the Government needs to step up and do something to help. I can guarantee a Commission of Inquiry will do much more to save the River than praying for rain.”

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