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Steph Ryan MP:
Labor’s three year delay on water compliance
Lisa Neville's delayed proposal for penalties for Victoria water theft.
By Portal Admin - 4th December 2017 - Back to News
Lisa Neville has had laws proposing tougher penalties for water theft in Victoria sitting on her desk
for three years.
The Water Minister has flagged she is now belatedly drafting a stricter compliance regime, in light
of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s compliance review, despite having had the solution since
she came to government.
The former Liberal Nationals government undertook a complete rewrite of Victoria’s Water Act
which proposed tougher penalties for non-compliance in Victoria, including introducing remedial
action notices and broader infringement notices.
Lisa Neville’s partisan and short sighted decision to shelve that work has led to the reputation of
Victorian irrigators being unfairly tarnished.
The compliance review, released over the weekend, noted Victoria’s strong culture of compliance
but says the state lacks ‘a full suite of penalties and sanctions’ against water theft.
Lisa Neville can save a bit of time drafting her stricter compliance regime by dusting off the Liberal
Nationals Water Bill 2014.
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