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Preliminary pages

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Mr Tony Windsor MP

 

Deputy Chair

Mr Steve Gibbons MP

 

Members

Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP

 

 

Mr Barry Hasse MP

 

 

Ms Kirsten Livermore MP

 

 

Mr Michael McCormack MP

 

 

Mr Rob Mitchell MP

 

 

Mr Dan Tehan MP

 

Supplementary Members for the purpose of the Inquiry

 

Hon Greg Hunt MP

 

 

Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

 

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Dr Glenn Worthington

Inquiry Secretary

Ms Siobhán Leyne

Senior Research Officer

Ms Lauren Wilson

Administrative Officers

Mr Daniel Miletic

 

Ms Emily Costello

Terms of reference

On 1 November 2012 the Selection Committee of the House of Representatives referred the Water Amendment (Environment for the Special Account) Bill 2012 for inquiry and report.

List of abbreviations

ACF

Australian Conservation Foundation

ADIC

Australian Dairy Industry Council

the Authority

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

the Basin Plan

Murray-Darling Basin Plan

EVic

Environment Victoria

GL

gigalitre

MI

Murray Irrigators

MPII

Murrumbidgee Private Irrigators Incorporated

NFF

National Farmers’ Federation

NIC

National Irrigators’ Council

NSWIC

New South Wales Irrigators’ Council

SEWPAC

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Special Account

Water for the Environment Special Account

Water Act

Water Act 2007 (Cth)

YACTAC

Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council



List of recommendations

Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the Government introduce amendment to subclause 86AD(4) to provide greater clarity of the limitation it places on subclause 86AD(2)(b), specifically that the Special Account will not be used by the Commonwealth to fund general water buybacks.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that the Government amend clause 86AA to clarify the objective and intent of the Bill.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends, subject to the amendments outlined in this report, that the House of Representatives pass the Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012.


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