Second interim report: the Basin Plan

Second interim report: the Basin Plan

3 October 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-698-2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 494KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

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Membership of committee (PDF 44KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 28KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 79KB)

Purpose of this interim report
Information about the inquiry
Note on references
Structure of the report
Background to the MDB Plan
   Why an effective Basin plan is necessary

Chapter 2 - Surface water (PDF 87KB)

2750 GL/y reduction figure
   MDBA's rationale for the 2750 GL/y figure
   Criticisms of the 2750 GL/y figure
   Reliance on historical data
   Climate change impacts omitted
   Water entitlement types in the 2750 figure
   Uncertainty regarding the impact of water buybacks (the Nimmie-Caira case)
Adjustment mechanism        
Modelling of scenarios

Chapter 3 - Ground water (PDF 44KB)

Surface and ground water connectivity
   Ground water extraction and limited information
   The MDBA's modelling and assumptions
   Ground water advisory group

Chapter 4 - Environmental outcomes and socio-economic impacts (PDF 61KB)

Environmental outcomes
Environmental watering plan
Impact on rural communities and irrigators
Modelling of rural impacts

Chapter 5 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF 29KB)

Surface water
Ground water
Environmental outcomes
Socio-economic impacts

Australian Greens - Minority Report – The Management of the Murray Darling Basin (PDF 43KB)

Surface Water - Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs)
   Lack of transparent identification of SDLs target based on best available science
   2750 GL/y is inadequate
   Modelling without constraints
Environmental outcomes for South Australia
Groundwater and Climate Change
SDL Adjustment Mechanism and Infrastructure Spending
   Inadequate benchmarking and locking in failure
   Prioritisation of infrastructure spending

Additional Comments by Senator Nick Xenophon (PDF 49KB)
Appendix 1 - Terms of Reference  (PDF 18KB)
Appendix 2 - Submissions Received  (PDF 61KB)
Appendix 3 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 30KB)

Monday, 2 April 2012 – Hay, NSW
Tuesday, 3 April 2012 – Mildura, VIC
Monday, 23 April 2012 – Canberra, ACT
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 – Canberra, ACT
Thursday, 23 August 2012 – Canberra, ACT
Monday, 10 September 2012 – Canberra, ACT

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811