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Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges Queensland to cancel planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from Warrego

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Sophie Morris, Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week urged Queensland to cancel a planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from the Warrego River, reported The Australian Financial Review (15/9/2007, p. 4).

Great deal of uncertainty: Turnbull based his advice on a CSIRO report which warned of “a great deal of uncertainty” over future water availability in the catchment in the upper reaches of the Murray-Darling river system. “It has always been my position that the auction should not go ahead and, in light of the CSIRO report, it clearly would have been irresponsible to proceed,” he said.

Sale to go ahead if government did not clarify: The state’s new Premier, Anna Bligh, agreed on Friday 14 September to halt the sale, which had been scheduled for 11 and 12 September. But she said the sale would go ahead in a fortnight if the federal government did not provide more clarity about its decision.

The Australian Financial Review, 15/9/2007, p. 4

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