Basin Plan protest to­day

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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,

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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.

Year 5/6 stu­dents at Ber­ri­gan Pub­lic School had an awe­some day wind­surf­ing at Yar­ra­wonga re­cently. The goals for the day were to de­velop the skills that good lead­ers need - co­op­er­a­tion, self con­fi­dence, per­se­ver­ance, team work and self be­lief. Teach­ers...

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