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Greens call on Labor to vote down SDLs

By Alana Christensen

The Australian Greens have slammed a series of amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, calling on the Labor Party to disallow changes to the plan at a parliamentary vote next month.

A suite of Sustainable Diversion Limit projects - which would see 605 Gl of water returned to the consumptive pool through a series of efficiency projects - are set to go before the Senate on May 8, yet Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has slammed the projects, labelling them a "gamble" and accusing the federal government of refusing to make details of the projects public.

“The Senate is being asked to allow 605 billion litres of water to be ripped off the environment for the sake of untested water efficiency projects, despite a constant flow of reports that big corporate irrigators are stealing water from the river and getting away with it,” she said.

Water leaders have consistently called for the SDLs to be passed through parliament, with concerns a failure to do so could lead to further water recovery and the end of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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