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Water Amendment Bill 2008

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia








Water Amendment Bill 2008



(1)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 11 (lines 28 to 35), omit subsection 86A(2), substitute:

             (2)  Critical human water needs are the needs for a minimum amount of water, that can only reasonably be provided from Basin water resources, required to meet human drinking, sanitation and health requirements in urban and rural areas.

[critical human water needs definition]

(2)     Schedule 2, page 294 (after line 2), after item 50, insert:

50B  At the end of section 21


Basin Plan to provide for reduction in use in additional population centres outside Basin

             (9)  The Basin Plan must provide for a reduction over time in the amount of water taken from Basin water resources to meet the needs of population centres outside the Murray-Darling Basin.

[reduction in water use outside Basin]

(3)     Schedule 2, page 294 (after line 6), after item 51, insert:

51A  After paragraph 23(2)(b)


                   (ba)  as a regime for the sharing of water; or

[water sharing regime]

(4)     Schedule 2, page 301 (after line 14), after item 75, insert:

75A  Section 64

Repeal the section, substitute:

                   The accreditation of a water resource plan under section 63 ceases to have effect at the end of the period of six months after the Basin Plan first comes into effect.

[duration of accreditation of State plans]