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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7845


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) (12:22): To clarify the point that you've just raised: under the Water Act and sections 34 and 35 of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012, it is not lawful for the Commonwealth or a state to construct water infrastructure, whether it is funded by the RIC or by any other mechanism, that would alter the level of take above the relevant SDL in that basin. There are well-established avenues of redress for people or entities, including the state and territories, who are or who believe themselves to be adversely affected by any administrative decisions, including the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act, so there is nothing in the act that detracts in any way from the longstanding protections of the administrative law that the public may seek judicial review of decisions by the courts.