‘Scientific evidence’ questioned

THE Murray-Darling Basin Authority used a political position rather than scientific evidence when it determined how much environmental water was needed to ensure the river system’s future, an inquiry has been told.

Counsel assisting South Australia’s Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin, Richard Beasley, SC, says much of the testimony taken by the investigation so far “is all one-way traffic” and fails to back up the authority’s report and recommendations that formed the basis of the basin plan.

“A summary of the evidence so far would be that the basin authority’s alleged science is, in fact, not science,” Mr Beasley told commissioner Bret Walker last week.

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