Water transparency bills voted down

Pavey and Dalton's water transparency bills voted down

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Water Minister Melinda Pavey and Murray MP Helen Dalton. Image digitally enhaced.

Water Minister Melinda Pavey and Murray MP Helen Dalton. Image digitally enhaced.

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Two water transparency bills have been voted down in parliament this week.

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Two water transparency bills have been voted down in parliament this week.

First it was Water Minister Melinda Pavey's water bill that would have forced NSW MPs to declare their water interests on a water register.

It was voted against by Labor, Greens, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers and One Nation in the Upper House on Tuesday.

Then it was Murray MP Helen Dalton's bill, also for a water register but with more detail to be included on individual water owners, that was voted down in the Lower House on Thursday.

The previous day, the Upper House passed the same bill - with Labor, The Greens, One Nation, Shooters Fishers Farmers and the independents supporting it.

Mrs Pavey said the decision to vote down the NSW Nationals Water Transparency and Accountability Bill was a kick in the guts for regional communities across the state.

"Water transparency is my number one priority, it is vital for our regional communities, and this was an opportunity for us all to make improvements in water transparency and accountability for the greater good of regional NSW," Mrs Pavey said.

"Our Bill outlined improvements to water transparency not at the expense of the privacy of mum and dad farmers.

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Mrs Dalton said she was willing to compromise with the NSW Government, after they voted down her bill as a transparent water register was urgently needed.

"I'd be more than happy to sit down with the NSW Water Minister and work out what sort of water register they'd be willing to accept," Mrs Dalton said.

"The Nationals say a public water register will hurt small mum-and-dad farmers, by exposing them to attacks by animal rights activists," Mrs Dalton said.

"I don't agree. But if the Nats truly believe this, why not amend my bill rather than just kill it?

"We could at least have a water register for all those who own over 5,000 megalitres of water."

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