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Changes flagged for basin plan neutrality test if Labor wins federal election

By Rodney Woods

Changes to water buybacks and the socio-economic definition as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan will be made if Federal Labor are elected at May's election.

Shadow Water Minister Tony Burke announced the party would repeal the 1500Gl cap on buybacks and restore the original socio-economic definition for delivering the 450Gl to the system, despite a new neutrality test being agreed to at December's MinCo meeting.

"This announcement by Federal Labor will importantly deliver 450 billion litres of much needed water for South Australia, rather than pandering to the politics of the eastern states," South Australian Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas said.

Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed said she is disappointed to see the Murray-Darling Basin Plan being used for political point scoring in the lead up to this year’s federal election.

Read more in next week's Country News.