Basin Plan protest today
Water Minister Tony Burke’s latest broken promise on water buy-backs has ensured his meeting with a Women for a Living Basin (W4LB) delegation today will be about as friendly as Labor’s next Cabinet meeting.
Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, says the Minister’s announcement, in the middle of the Gillard/rudd leadership stoush and just months after promising the buy-backs would stop, is yet another ‘‘sly underhanded manoeuvre by a Government unfit to remain in office’’.
‘‘Mr Burke’s actions indicate he’ll do anything to barrel through Bob Brown and the Greens’ water reform agenda,
regardless of any commonsense or how it impacts the livelihoods of people in the Basin.’’
Mr Burke has agreed to meet with today’s delegation.
About 8 women from the region will travel from southern basin towns to personally emphasise the negative impact the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan is already placing on families, schools, business and communities.
As well as lead members of the delegation meeting with Mr Burke, the women will gather at Federation Mall and hold informal talks with Members of the Coalition at a lunchtime barbecue gathering inside Parliament House.
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