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Mr Forrest, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) acknowledges the seriously depleted nature of rainfall patterns across south east Australia in the last decade;

(2) recognises that adequate water availability is a limiting criterion for Australia's economic and population growth; and

(3) encourages the implementation of water conservation projects, including capital upgrades for inefficient and wasteful water supply projects, increased public education on measures to conserve water and increased meteorological research into changing rainfall patterns and possible intervention measures.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.