More time needed to investigate 'jurisdictional legalities'
New South Wales Nationals Senator Perin Davey will delay the introduction of a Private Senators Bill to amend the Water Act to allow more time to investigate jurisdictional legalities.
The bill created alongside fellow Nationals Damian Drum and Member for Mallee Anne Webster would require the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to release a portion of water to help farmers continue with production.
In a statement released by Senator Davey, she says that they're were unintended consequences.
"We cannot introduce an amendment without being absolutely certain that there are no negative unintended consequences and that is what came out repeatedly in the consultations I undertook," says Davey.
Speaking in relation to Mick Keelty's role in the Murray Darling Basin Report, the senator says that if strong enough measures are recommended, it may make the bill redundant.