In worried response to a rapidly desiccating Murray-Darling river basin, the Australian Senate just approved an inquiry into the availability of current supplies. The inquiry is to report back with options for emergency use in September.
Coalition environment spokesman Greg Hunt hopes the push for information also provides resources — whether liquid or paper — for local businesses and farmers struggling to survive.
Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan suggests that the government think twice about their current plan to purchase land. Instead, he advises, buying water rights should be the top priority. He believes that “if we’re going to spend this money for Australia to rescue our water system, we should be buying the water and not the land.”
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Source: ABC News