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Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Page: 150

Senator STEPHENS (10:42 PM) —I move Labor's second reading amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, and condemns the Government for:

(a) its failure to take the threat of climate change to ongoing water supplies for both our farmers and our rivers seriously;

(b) its failure to deal with water issues with an appropriate sense of urgency, allowing the COAG water reform process of 1994 to stall, and failing to provide any environmental flows for the Murray River in over 8 years;

(c) its failure to adopt Labor's national water policy framework, and ensure that Commonwealth funds are directed towards securing environmental flows; and

(d) its plan to fund the Australian Water Fund by taking money which the states have earmarked for essential services such as schools and hospitals”.