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Preliminary pages

Membership of the Committee


Mr Tony Windsor MP


Deputy Chair

Mr Steve Gibbons MP



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


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


Australian Conservation Foundation


Australian Dairy Industry Council

the Authority

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

the Basin Plan

Murray-Darling Basin Plan


Environment Victoria




Murray Irrigators


Murrumbidgee Private Irrigators Incorporated


National Farmers’ Federation


National Irrigators’ Council


New South Wales Irrigators’ Council


Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Special Account

Water for the Environment Special Account

Water Act

Water Act 2007 (Cth)


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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