Ironically this media release from Vicki Dunne appeared on the Liberals’ website 2 days later than it is dated:
“As soon as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority released the proposed Plan, I had worked out that the cuts proposed for the ACT would have a devastating impact on our economy and our quality of life in Canberra. I was extremely concerned that our so-called Minister, Simon Corbell, had failed to grasp the severity of the proposed plan or its full implications, and has spent three months marking time,” said Vicki Dunne, Shadow Minister for Water.
“So, at the earliest possible opportunity, I proposed a motion in the Assembly calling on the Government to ‘make a submission to the Authority on behalf of the ACT, vigorously defending preservation of the ACT’s current diversion limit’.
“Even that was opposed, but after rigorously pursuing the matter in the Assembly, Mr Corbell and his government were finally prodded into action, commissioning a study by the Centre for International Economics. Unsurprisingly, the CIE report exactly reflects the Canberra Liberals’ position.
“This ACT Labor government has been too slow to outline the grave impact the Basin Plan’s proposals will have on Canberra’s future economic prosperity and social stability. Once again the nation’s capital may well end up paying the price of this government’s inaction and diffidence. The ACT already has reduced its water consumption considerably and was a net exporter of water into the Basin system. Why should the people of Canberra should not have to pay because Simon Corbell was late off the mark?