"Mr Howard and the Coalition need to do more than just pray for rain to save the Murray Darling basin", Senator Siewert Australian Greens spokesperson for water resources said today.
"Praying for rain is not a strategy. The government knew that water was running out in October last year when the Murray Darling Basin Commission told the senate that without rain, storages would be empty by April or May this year," said Senator Siewert.
"The government must face the reality that Murray Darling Basin is over-allocated and needs fixing. Prime Minister Howard must now overrule the Nationals and consider compulsory acquiring water licences to address the problem of over-allocation and industry restructuring."
"In the last budget the Treasurer failed to identify water security as a risk to the economy, further evidence of the government's inability to understand and deal with this crisis," said Senator Siewert.