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Monday, 1 December 2008
Page: 12066

Debate resumed, on motion by Ms Hull:

That the House calls on the Rudd Government:

(1)   to deliver greater transparency and accountability as it moves towards the development of a Basin wide management plan by 2011 for the Murray Darling Basin; and

(2)   specifically to ensure that:

(a)   community impact statements are prepared as part of the Basin plan process and that these statements are prepared in consultation with affected communities and are made publicly available when completed;

(b)   scientific data (such as the CSIRO sustainability studies) are assessed along with these community impact statements in finalising Basin wide and catchment targets;

(c)   due recognition is given to the community and individual impacts of a new water management regime as well as the ongoing effects of the current drought; and

(d)   affected communities are provided with adequate resources to develop long term options and that Government assistance is provided to allow communities to deliver against these options.