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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Page: 10231

Senator HANSON (Queensland) (12:18): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HANSON: One Nation is in support of most parts of this notice of motion. However, I do not support paragraph (b)(i) of the motion, which, in effect, calls for water plans to be subject to climate change predictions. The Murray-Darling river flows have always been highly variable. Flows have been recorded as high as 117,907 gigalitres in 1956 and as low as 6,740 gigalitres in 2006. Instead of playing the zero-sum game, where farmers have to lose water in order for the environment to gain it, it is time to think differently about the problem. We need to look seriously at a revised hybrid Bradfield Scheme to bring water from the north and south to Lake Eyre and to the Murray-Darling. The Murray-Darling cannot be turned into a natural river system, but we can increase the river flows.

The PRESIDENT: Are you asking for the question to be put separately, Senator Hanson?

Senator HANSON: Yes, if it could be—paragraph (b)(i).

The PRESIDENT: The question is that paragraph (a)(i) to (iv) of motion No. 1374 be agreed to.