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2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

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 1, item 2, page 12 (after line 24), after section 86A, insert:

86AA  Definitions and criteria relating to critical human water needs

             (1)  The Authority must publish, by 1 July 2009, a report containing the following:

                     (a)  a comprehensive, practical definition of the term critical human water needs which identifies categories of users of such water and allowable purposes for the use of such water;

                     (b)  a definition of the core human consumption requirements which would satisfy paragraph 86A(2)(a);

                     (c)  a definition of the non-human consumption requirements which would satisfy paragraph 86A(2)(b).

             (2)  The Authority must, by legislative instrument, determine, by 1 July 2009:

                     (a)  clear, transparent and equitable criteria the Authority will apply in determining whether the definition in paragraph 86A(2)(a) is met;

                     (b)  clear, transparent and equitable criteria the Authority will apply in determining whether the definition in paragraph 86A(2)(b) is met;

                     (c)  clear, transparent and equitable criteria the Authority will apply in determining the volume of conveyance water required to deliver water to meet critical human water needs;

                     (d)  clear, transparent and equitable criteria the Authority will apply to monitor the use of such water to ensure it is used for the allowable purposes referred to in paragraph (1)(a).

 [critical human water needs definitions and criteria]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 13 (after line 4), after section 86B, insert:

86BA  Reports on and evaluation of critical human water needs distributions

                   The Authority must publish, at least monthly, after the Basin Plan first takes effect, a report specifying:

                     (a)  the amounts of water distributed or allocated under the Basin Plan to meet critical human water needs; and

                     (b)  the amounts of conveyance water distributed or allocated to deliver that water; and

                     (c)  in relation to each such distribution or allocation:

                              (i)  to whom and where the water has been distributed or allocated;

                             (ii)  the criteria upon which the water has been distributed or allocated;

                            (iii)  the length of time for which such water has been distributed or allocated to meet that need;

                            (iv)  an evaluation of the compliance of that distribution or allocation with the criteria specified under subparagraph (ii).

[evaluation of critical human water needs distributions]