Sep 25 2009
An Australian state government – that of Victoria (in the far southeast, and including Melbourne) – which had blocked further water sales to the Australian federal government appears to have dropped some of the roadblocks to Murray-Darling Basin water that it had set up.
The Victoria government had a policy of limiting to 4 per cent (up until 2014 when the policy was sunsetted) water rights traded away from its irrigation districts. Now, the federal government will get some exemption from the policy.
However, the use of the waters will be limited, and a series of environmental standards were agreed to. [see Sydney Morning Herald, September 24]
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