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Senator Stephens calls for submissions into Rural Water Policy Inquiry.

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Senator Stephens calls for submissions into Rural Water Policy Inquiry 14th November 2005 Labor Senator Ursula Stephens has today urged organisations and individuals to make submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Water Policy Initiatives.

“I believe it is absolutely crucial that we receive experiences and opinions from rural and regional Australians who have felt first hand the impacts of various water policies” Senator Stephens said.

“Submissions can be as short or as long as you like and can contain facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations, just used the terms of reference for the inquiry as a guide.

“Even if you have never made a parliamentary submission before, just remember that there is no right way to make a submission and that the most important thing is not the length or style but just to get your view on the record.” Senator Stephens said.

The Terms of Reference for the Water Policy Initiatives inquiry are:

The impact on rural water usage of recent water policy initiatives and the possible role for Commonwealth agencies, with particular reference to:

the development of water property titles;

methods of protection for rivers and aquifers;

farming innovation;

monitoring drought and predicting farm water demand; and

the implications for agriculture of predicted changes in patterns of precipitation and temperature.

Submissions can be mailed to: The Secretary; Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport; Parliament House; Canberra ACT 2600 or emailed to:

For further information you can contact the Committee on 02 6277 3511 or visit the website on

Submissions close on 30 November and the Committee expects to hold hearings around Australia in January and February.

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