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RGA supports the compliance principles from the Matthews Report

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Sep 14, 2017

Ricegrowers Association of Australia Inc (RGA) supports the compliance principles from the Matthews Report

The RGA supports an effective and enforced compliance regime for all water users. This a key principle that underpins the integrity of the property right to water that was first envisaged by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 1994 and reaffirmed through the National Water Initiative in 2004.

The Matthews Report has confirmed compliance deficiencies regarding the a llegations aired on Four Corners although it is critical that the public understands that his report is not reflective of the regulated system, such as the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys, where metering standards are world class.

“Our members know that they are subject to a highly accurate and effective real-time metering and compliance regime. That is the way it should be for all water users across Australia, ” RGA President Jeremy Morton said.

The RGA supports the recommendation to separate responsibility for compliance from policy and regulation, but questions the value of creating a NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator. Mr. Matthews has identified that transparency is an issue within the current regulatory framework so we question how adding another reg...
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