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State Coalition blocks water motion.

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Wednesday 12 August 2009

State Coalition blocks water motion

Today the Victorian Government Opposition, the Liberal and National parties, will move a disallowance motion to block the regulations that would guarantee water from the stressed Goulburn River system to Melbourne and Geelong through the North-South pipeline.

Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray, congratulated the Victorian opposition saying that this is a bold move which is right in every sense for the regional economy, for critical human need in northern Victoria and for the environment.

“It is essential that we continue to be able to grow food with water security in Northern Victoria,” Dr Stone said.

“Unfortunately Mr Brumby refuses to acknowledge the data which says there is no spare water to send to Melbourne and Geelong.

“His water Minister Tim Holding is already on the record saying he will take no notice of the legitimate process of issuing a water licence if the Victorian Government’s amendment is defeated in the upper house.

“This makes a mockery of the parliamentary process in Victoria. You have to wonder what the purpose of the Victorian Government Gazette is if it is simply over ridden by a State Government determined to take an easy political option at the expense of regional communities,” Dr Stone said.

“Premier John Brumby must consider the recycling of water for Melbourne, the use of storm water, the water flowing through the desalinisation plant in the future and the damming options in Gippsland. He must also start encourage Melbournians to live within their own water means.

“Mr Brumby’s plans for the pipeline will suffer a major setback today, let’s hope that there is an ethical and honest outcome as a result of this blocking motion today,” Dr Stone said.

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