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Water Bill and programs flowing from it being kept well away from Treasury: Labor MP

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The head of the Treasury, Ken Henry, the senior economic adviser to the government, had expressed serious reservations about government policy development in relation to water and climate change, said Labor MP Anthony Albanese in the Federal House of Representtaives on 14 Auguist 2007.

Lack of funding, lack of detail show Govt weakness: Treasury was excluded from the development of the 25 January $10 billion national plan for water security, and it appeared the Water Bill and programs flowing from it were being kept well and truly away from the Treasury, Albanese said. “The lack of funding for programs and the lack of detail for spending show a serious weakness in the Prime Minister’s water plan, and that the government is not really ready to take the urgent action that is required to address the water crisis,” he said.

Reference: Anthony Albanese, the Deputy Speaker, Member for Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 14 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 19/8/2007

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