The Liberal National Government has shamefully stopped the Senate from delivering vital water back to the Murray Darling Basin today.
"The Liberal National Government's refusal to lift the freeze on water buybacks is another nail in the coffin for our precious River. On day one of Parliament we could have done something to help our River, instead the Liberal National Party has failed it again," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"Water buybacks are the most economically efficient and environmentally effective way to return water, and health, to the River, as the South Australian Royal Commissioner and the Productivity Commission have said. The Senate today could have returned water to the River if it weren't for a Liberal National Party protecting their corporate irrigator mates.
"If we continue with business as usual it the River will die. There are no jobs, no river communities and no agriculture on a dead river. This is a Government that is missing in action on saving the River.
"Former Water Minister Barnaby Joyce boasted that he took water away from the environment for his big corporate irrigator mates. The River is dying on the National Party's watch and the Government refuses to act. Meanwhile, river communities are watching millions of fish, and our river, die before their eyes.
"We need water buybacks reinstated urgently, so we can give our River a drink. We need a federal Royal Commission, and tomorrow I will introduce a Bill to establish one. It is time to get to the bottom of what is killing the river; corporate cotton, corruption and climate change."