Vote leaves plan in limbo

THE future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains in limbo and opinions are divided on the result of a parliamentary vote that has threatened to end the $13 billion plan to restore river health.

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

The Senate voted on Wednesday night to block a change to the basin plan that would have given northern NSW and southern Queensland irrigators an extra 70 gigalitres.

That change had been agreed to by basin water ministers and was recommended by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority but Greens, Labor and crossbench senators from South Australia scuppered it.

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