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Burke in hot water

Friday, 25th November, 2011

Federal Minister for Water, Tony Burke, is preparing for protests against water cuts outlined in the Murray-Darling Basin Draft plan.

Mr Burke said yesterday he did not expect consensus on water use, but it was an issue that could not be ignored any longer.

The controversial plan will be released on Monday by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and has already caused a stir after its early “leaking” by unknown groups last week.

Among the predictions of what the Plan holds are that 50 billion litres of water will be taken off the allocations of primary producers and that 2800 billion litres will be put towards river health.

A torrent of trouble

Saturday, 19th November, 2011

It began with a leak and mounted to a flood in just 24 hours, leaving bureaucrats, green groups and politicians up in arms at the early announcement of the most anticipated water policy in decades.

Despite being set for an official launch on November 28, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) draft plan for water use for Australia’s food bowl has confirmed environmentalists’ worst fears.

Just 2800 gigalitres of water will be allocated for river health, down from 3,400 gigalitres in the original guide.

How the full plan was leaked to the ABC’s Lateline program has not been explained, though some green groups claim it was a deliberate act by the MDBA to discredit them.

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