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Drought hits Murray-Darling HQ.

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Thu, 5th February 2009


The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is facing its own drought from within. The Rudd Government still hasn’t appointed a panel of top advisers to the national water body that was established late last year.

It means there’s a one-man band running the new Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Yesterday the Authority released its latest Drought Update for the Murray river system.

Today, with only the Chief Executive making executive decisions for the water authority, we have a cabinet of one in charge of running a river system in crisis.

The delays in appointing the senior members of the Authority reflect the unacceptable delays in the start of water-saving infrastructure works.

The Coalition had a plan to invest in water infrastructure which would have provided an enormous stimulus for jobs and investment particularly for country Australia.

But Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong continue their freeze on the rollout desperately needed water infrastructure which would deliver water savings, investment and jobs.

As the drought in the Murray-Darling rolls on, so too does the drought in Kevin Rudd’s management of the great Australian waterway.

The Authority’s drought report warned of more fish kills and algae outbreaks in the Murray system.

But the ongoing drought in the Rudd Government’s handling of the new Authority and rollout of water infrastructure may only make such problems worse.