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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.

Source: www.gippsland.com

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