Water a great divider

December 28, 2017

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville says the states are being held hostage by South Australia.

National Irrigators Council chief executive officer Steve Whan says last week’s ministerial council meeting was a serious setback for a co-operative Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

‘‘We called on ministers to keep the plan on track by indicating unanimous support for the steps to which all governments agreed in 2012,’’ Mr Whan said.

‘‘That meant providing support for the northern basin amendment currently before the parliament and the 605Gl Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment measures.

‘‘Unfortunately that has not happened, with ministers leaving this morning’s meeting peppering their media comments with accusations rather than solutions.’’

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