National Farmers' Federation (NFF) President David Crombie has welcomed the announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA's) ‘Guide to the Basin Plan’.
Describing the inquiry as “a welcomed circuit-breaker”, he said, “While in of itself it does nothing to ease the distress caused by the savage and unworkable cuts floated in the Guide, it does make good on the NFF’s call that our politicians have to step in and wrest control from the bureaucrats as we move forward.”
He said that a political solution is needed to allay farmers’ concerns and bring the MDBA into line.
“That the announcement today recognises the need for restoring balance as we move forward is a positive gesture, but the proof of that goodwill will be for the Government and this Inquiry to demonstrate,” Crombie said.
“There is precious little trust left on the ground in Basin communities to be toyed with.”