WHERE’S THE WATER, MINISTER?

After boasting about how many farmers were willing to sell their water, today’s announcement that only 60 percent of the target volume had been purchased through last year’s tender must be an embarrassment for Tanya Plibersek and the Albanese Labor Government....

TIME FOR REAL TRANSPARENCY

The Albanese Government has surprised no one with its contradiction in promoting market transparency while practicing opacity in its water buyback schemes. This comes amidst the inquiry into supermarket pricing and the Governments own questionable practices in water...

SUPERMARKET INQUIRY GETS GREENLIGHT

A new Senate Committee will investigate the market power of the major supermarkets and their effect on the price of everyday groceries. The Committee has been established in response to rising supermarket profits, whilst Australians face rising costs at the checkout,...

SOCIAL ECONOMIC TEST SHOULD GO FUTHER

Proposed amendments being put forward by Victorian Senator David Van, with the agreement of the Labor Government, are a step in the right direction but don’t go far enough according to Shadow Water Minister, Senator Perin Davey. “The joint press conference by Minister...

PARLIAMENT TASTES THE BASIN

A showcase of produce from throughout the Murray-Darling will be held in Parliament tonight with the inaugural Taste of the Basin.   The event has been organised by Basin-based MPs and Senators to highlight the vital role the Murray-Darling Basin plays in the...

WATER AMENDMENTS MUST CHANGE

The Water Amendment (Restoring Our Rivers) Bill 2023 needs to be amended in order to pass the Senate according to a report from a Government chaired Senate committee tabled today. The call for amendments was echoed by the Liberal and Nationals members of the Committee...

450GL CONTINGENT ON CONSTRAINTS

The Government’s dogged pursuit of an extra 450GL of water under the Murray Darling Basin Plan should be put on hold until it is better understood what constraints easing projects can achieve. According to the Productivity Commissions interim report on the...

TAKING YOUR CONCERNS TO CANBERRA

Communities impacted most by water buybacks were denied the opportunity to present in their towns to a Senate Committee inquiring into the latest water reform legislation currently before Federal Parliament. Labor and the Greens voted against a motion from Shadow...

BUYBACKS WORSEN COST OF LIVING

Concerns about the economic impact on communities and potential for higher prices at the checkout has seen a range of farming groups meet with Nationals and Liberals in Canberra today, to explore ways to protect Australians from the Albanese Government’s push to...

LABOR SECRECY PREVAILS

Communities impacted most by water buybacks will not have the opportunity to present in their own regions to a Senate Committee inquiring into the latest water reform legislation currently before Federal Parliament. The Senate voted against a motion that would have...

BASIN PLAN REVIEW ENDORSED

The Nationals Federal Conference has today endorsed a motion to bring forward the legislated review of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and return the focus of the plan to management and outcomes rather than water recovery. In moving the motion, Shadow Water Minister,...

BUYBACKS LAZY WATER RECOVERY

Buybacks have been repeatedly recognised as harmful to local communities and are the laziest form of water recovery according to Shadow Water Minister Perin Davey. Senator Davey stated to Tom Connell on Afternoon Agenda that every State is opposed to buybacks...

WATT’S THE DELAY?

The Federal Labor Government must hold their State colleagues accountable to ensure disaster assistance funding gets where it is needed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Reports that the NSW Labor Government have not rolled out flood funding grants that were...

FLOOD FUNDING MISSES THE MARK

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government on the next tranche of the Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program funding has failed to live up to the program’s original intent of flood mitigation, according to Shadow Minister for Emergency Management, Senator...

BASIN PLAN DELAY LATE BUT WELCOME NEWS

News the Labor Government are considering extending Basin Plan deadlines are welcome, if not 18 months late according to Shadow Water Minister, Perin Davey. “Minister Plibersek knew these deadlines would not be met,” Senator Davey said. “I told her in my first letter...

WHERE’S THE MONEY?

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Shadow Minister for Emergency Management, Senator Perin Davey, say Labor’s slowness on flood mitigation and support for the community are unacceptable. “16 months ago I secured $150 million to go towards flood mitigation...

DISASTROUS LACK OF DETAIL

The Albanese Government has used the broadest possible definition of disaster mitigation and resilience when awarding funds under the newly framed Disaster Ready Fund according to Shadow Emergency Management Minister, Senator Perin Davey. “When most people think of...

LACK OF DETAIL A DISASTER

Despite recent floods, fires and cyclones, the Budget includes no detail on new initiatives for Emergency Management. The Labor Government’s “new initiative” such as the Public Safety Mobile Broadband project is merely funding a continuation of work commenced when The...

INLAND WATER SECURITY DAMNED

The Budget has damned several inland communities to questionable water security by scrapping nearly $900 million in funding for water infrastructure projects. The Labor Government has cancelled funding for the Dungowan Dam in New South Wales and Emu Swamp Dam and...

BASIN PLAN FUNDING CLIFF EXPOSED

Programs under the Murray Darling Basin Plan face a funding cliff at the end of the next financial year exposing the Government’s approach to delivering the remainder of the Plan. Communities throughout the Basin face an uncertain future and there appears to be no...

THE BASIN PLAN IS NOW BROKEN

The revelation today that the Victorian Government cannot finish nine environmental water projects signals the end of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan as we know it. The Albanese Governments failure to work with the States means the Basin Plan is now broken and we can...

LABOR BUYBACK TENDERS NOW OPEN

Communities will be watching with concern as to how much more water is removed from their towns in the latest Labor water buyback tender which opened today. Shadow Water Minister, Perin Davey said the issue with buyback, which she described as the lazy water recovery...

TAX CONFIRMED ON FLOOD RELIEF GRANTS

The Minister for Emergency Management has today confirmed that small businesses in receipt of assistance grants following floods will be taxed, despite the Prime Minister saying the opposite in Lismore last October. In questions to the Minister today in Estimates...

DISASTER FUNDING REVIEW WELCOMED

A review into Australia’s disaster funding arrangements had been identified as necessary by the former Coalition Government, but it has taken eight months for the Albanese Government to act, according to Shadow Emergency Management Minister, Senator Perin Davey....