Axe the cap: Call to repeal water buybacks

LABOR and the Greens are urging the government to dump a cap on water buybacks for environmental use in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The federal opposition wants to repeal the 1500 gigalitre cap on buybacks for environmental watering in response to a scathing royal commission report, with the Greens supporting the move.

“We’ve seen the River Murray, the Darling absolutely crippled by mismanagement, water theft and a failure to implement the objectives of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Greens environment spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young told parliament yesterday.

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