Directions for South Australia – Murray-Darling Basin

“We must work together to ensure the long-term health of the Murray-Darling Basin is secured.”  – Kelly Vincent MLC

Introduction:

The Murray-Darling Basin is a crucial resource for South Australia. It is vital that we prioritise our water security and prepare for the likely impacts of climate change in the future.

In 2017, an ABC Four Corner’s investigation claimed that New South Wales senior public servants were colluding with cotton irrigators to misuse water. The Dignity Party support the establishment of a judicial inquiry to investigate this matter and to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is adhered to by all states. It is crucial that a thorough investigation is undertaken to ensure that we are all receiving our fair share.

South Australia must be working with other states with a focus on the long-term health and sustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin. It is imperative that we not only focus on water levels but also water quality. The quality of the Murray must be monitored, particularly to look at the impacts of pollution and to ensure our native fish populations are stable.

The recent review conducted by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and an Independent Panel strongly recommended that governments focus on the development of good quality water resources plans and that this should include arrangements to ensure there is protection of environmental flows. There are a number of threats to our water quality, and South Australia must prioritise monitoring and protecting this. It is crucial that the South Australian Government continue to work with the MDBA to ensure our water resource plan is accredited by mid-2019.

The Dignity Party believe that climate change is happening and we must ensure South Australia’s future water resources are secured.

Action:

Dignity Party believes we must work with other states to ensure the long-term health of the Murray Darling-Basin.

In South Australia we must:

  • Continue to push for a federal judicial inquiry following the Four Corners investigation;
  • Ensure the Murray-Darling Basin plan is being adhered to;
  • Regularly monitor the Murray for pollution;
  • Control non-native fish species;
  • Continue to work with the MDBA to ensure our water resource plan is accredited by mid-2019.
  • Focus on the long-term health of the river system and ensure we are prepared for the impacts of climate change.

Dignity Party OPPOSE the misuse of water resources that do not adhere to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Dignity Party PROPOSE a judicial inquiry be established to ensure that all states are getting their fair share.