• Basin Plan latest: choppy waters ease but not quite smooth sailing

    Before the Parliament right now is the Water Amendment Bill 2018, which gives effect to the southern basin 605GL sustainable diversion limits (SDL) offsets projects. Despite siding with the Greens in February, bringing renewed uncertainly to the Basin Plan, Labor has seen common sense and indicated they will support...

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  • Water Amendment Bill 2018

    I rise to speak on the Water Amendment Bill 2018. It’s my pleasure in this debate to represent the constituents in my electorate of Farrer, who are primarily irrigators in the Murray River, the Murrumbidgee River and the Lower Darling. It’s very easy to talk about the basin plan...

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  • Ending live sheep export can be a win for both animal welfare and business

    By Sussan Ley, Federal Member for Farrer The issue of ending Live Sheep Exports can be confusing. Is it about more space for the sheep as they travel and their treatment on arrival?  Is it a campaign driven by animal activists? Is it important for them to be killed locally to meet halal requirements? Are live sheep needed because the countries where they...

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  • $300k birthday gift for border circus

    The Turnbull Government will provide $300,000 to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) to help the Albury-Wodonga based school develop accommodation options for visiting artists, directors and trainers. Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield said the highly acclaimed Flying Fruit Fly Circus is one of a kind, attracting...

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  • Hay Private Irrigation District – adjournment speech

    Last week I attended the opening of the new pipeline for the Hay Private Irrigation District, just north of Hay in the Riverina. In doing so, I was able to recognise a substantial Commonwealth investment of $10 million under the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales....

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