Greens urge govt to release legal advice on Murray Darling draft plan compliance with Water Act

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The Australian Greens have today called on the Gillard government to release legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act.

"As the MDBA head today confirmed in a Senate estimates committee hearing that legal advice was done, now is the time for the government to let Australians see it," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"They clearly have the legal advice on the draft plan, despite last week declining to release it when I questioned the government about its existence.

"This advice is crucial because the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists points out the plan may be in breach of the 2007 Water Act by not specifying the volume of water required for a healthy, working river system.

"Questions taken on notice to be soon answered include the modelling the MDBA has on how much salt will be removed from the river system per year if just 2,750 GL are returned to the environment. The basin needs to flush out two million tonnes a year.

"We look forward to reading the government's legal advice because the public consultation is a chance for the government and MDBA to show good faith by releasing all the details so the draft plan can be improved."