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Are Proposed Murray-Darling Water Laws Going To Kill The River?


The New South Wales Government has watered down changes to laws governing the Murray-Darling river system that were proposed in the wake of the water theft and corruption investigations, according to Labor and the Greens. The final bill has a number of differences to the draft bill, including giving the minister the power to pull NSW out of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, by opting out of the federal Water Act 2007. It also creates exceptions to a "no meter, no pump" rule, and leaves details of the key transparency measure — a one-stop public register — to be completed at a later date.