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Murray salinity pact

(1985) Murray salinity pact. The Weekly Times, 20 November 1985. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Ministers from the four Labor governments have capitalised on their electoral fortunes by pledging joint action to tackle the salinity problems of the Murray-Darling basin. The Federal Government and South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have joined forces in Adelaide at the weekend to form a Ministerial Council made up of senior ministers to act on advice by the River Murray Commission. The salinity in the Murray-Darling system is regarded as one of Australia's biggest environmental threat and long overdue for action. The Federal Government allocated $1 million for water and water-related research in 1986-1987, with State governments pooling $500,000 for programs to reduce salinity. Senator Don Jessop from South Australia has questioned the latest decision suggesting that it was time for action and not more research. He said the whole idea of a co-ordinated approach was first suggested by the Tonkin Liberal Government in South Australia and not by Labor Premiers John Bannon and John Cain.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1985 The Weekly Times
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58868
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