Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















Australian Govts Must Remain True To Water Reform Principles

"While South Australia - in a well meaning attempt to assist its irrigators - announced their intention to enter the temporary water market to buy water for its irrigators, such a move contravenes COAG's principle of 'competitive neutrality'... in effect, giving South Australian irrigators an unfair advantage." - Laurie Arthur.
by Staff Writers
Perth, Australia (SPX) Oct 13, 2008
THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is calling tomorrow's Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting to task, wanting the Prime Minister and Premiers to commit to principles for assistance to irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin and prevent any further ad hoc drought responses on a state-by-state basis.

"Any assistance to farmers must not undermine the water market," NFF Water Taskforce Chair Laurie Arthur said. "COAG must establish assistance principles - consistent across the Basin - that do not create third-party impacts.

"One example would be addressing fixed charges. The failure of rain, again, this season in the catchments means that irrigators in the Basin are now at their lowest ebb. In many areas zero, or little, irrigation water has been available for the past three years, compounding the severe drought conditions on-farm.

"While South Australia - in a well meaning attempt to assist its irrigators - announced their intention to enter the temporary water market to buy water for its irrigators, such a move contravenes COAG's principle of 'competitive neutrality'... in effect, giving South Australian irrigators an unfair advantage.

"Rather than pursue any more ad hoc responses, tomorrow's COAG meeting must restore genuine, consistent measures that assist the Basins irrigation communities in their time of greatest need.

"We consider that an exemption from fixed water charges - which apply to water allocations regardless of their being no water - until the drought breaks in the catchments to be both economically viable and responsible.

"The NFF maintains its support for the water reform agenda in this country, but urges all governments to commit to the integrity of the water reform principles and resist the temptation for any further breakaways through short-term measures that actually undermine the outcome."

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
National Farmers' Federation
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


Aquatic Plants Offer Cheap Method To Treat Wastewater
Clemson SC (SPX) Oct 03, 2008
Nursery and greenhouse operations depend on the use of fertilizers, growth regulators, insecticides, and fungicides. Growers also rely on the use of soilless media, or substrate, in the production of container crops.







  • Mexico prepares shelters ahead of Hurricane Norbert
  • Six dead in China landslide: state media
  • Disasters kill more in 2008 than in tsunami: UN
  • Portable Imaging System Will Help Disaster Response

  • Analysis: Money woes ignite CO2 debate
  • Flooding Might Help Lower Gas Emission From Wetlands
  • EU must alter CO2 policy due to global financial crisis: Poland
  • EU MPs' climate package vote brings little joy for industry

  • Maps Shed Light On CO2's Global Nature
  • 2008 Ozone Hole Larger Than Last Year
  • Smog Blog For Central America And Caribbean Debuts
  • Infoterra Enhances Capability With Acquisition Of Imass

  • Analysis: Caspian division possible
  • Iraqi Oil And Gas Field Bidding Starts Monday
  • Palm oil clearing swathes of forest in Indonesia's Papua: Greenpeace
  • World urged to use financial crisis to shift toward green future

  • Analysis: Flu pandemic would overwhelm
  • Two people die of rare form of plague in Tibet: report
  • AIDS virus leapt the species barrier early last century: study
  • Climate change: Floods, drought, mosquito disease aim at Europe

  • Bold Traveler's Journey Toward The Center Of The Earth
  • Global warming sending tropical species uphill: study
  • Wayward penguins in northern Brazil ship out to Patagonia
  • Climate change poised to devastate penguins: WWF

  • Defence lawyers threaten to stop Ivory Coast pollution trial
  • Defendant in Ivorian toxic waste trial blames Trafigura affiliate
  • Pollution trial opens in Ivory Coast
  • Beijing announces steps to fight smog, traffic

  • Eight of China's 10 oldest people are ethnic minorities: report
  • First-Ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria
  • Egalitarian Revolution In The Pleistocene
  • New Formula Predicts How People Will Migrate In Coming Decades

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement