Getting so many States and Territories to harmoniously share such an important water body is a hard challenge, however the health of the basin has suffered at the expense of recent politicking. The Royal Commission findings highlight the fact that “politics rather than science ultimately drove the setting of the Basin” policy.
How to fix?
Greens, Labor looking to dump buyback cap [source]
Tim Storer (SA Independent) perspective
The federal government want to reduce the amount of water it puts aside for environmental protection of the Northern Basin by 70 gigalitres (equivalent to 400 Olympic swimming pools), to supply more water for irrigation purposes to farmers. [source]
In recent years farmers have been diverting the water from the basin to provide water to irrigate their farms. However, the natural water system can only cope with “so much” water diversion, and “how much” is more or less the debate right now.
Four Corners did a special investigation into allegations of illegal pumping and fraud in the Barwon and Darling Rivers , and since those numbers have been reported to be up to 50 to 100 times greater than originally reported. [source]
The situation is further complicated with the role of Farming lobbyists and the power held by the Nationals, who many have argued, have been influenced by these large corporate interests groups to put the health of the basin at risk.
What the Government says
(let the experts talk)
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