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Basin Plan amendments a dark day for Australia

Leader of the Nationals David Littleproud speaks at a press conference on the passing of amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Photo supplied

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has condemned the passing of amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in the Senate as a dark day for Australia.

After furious campaigning from the Coalition and concerned community members and stakeholders to prevent the cementing of water buybacks back into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the Parliament has now passed the amendments last week.

“People with no skin in the game have today sacrificed the communities of the Murray-Darling Basin at the altar of political expediency,” Mr Coulton said.

“While Minister Tanya Plibersek and Senator Penny Wong have a laugh and celebrate the return of water buybacks, they fail to realise the devastation they will wreak on Australian agriculture, and on communities along the rivers. […]

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