The Albanese government and Australian Greens have agreed to amendments to Murray-Darling Basin plan laws, which will be debated in the Senate this week.
WHAT'S IN THE DEAL?
* Recovery of 450GL of additional environmental water by December 31, 2027
* Giving the federal government the power to withdraw state government infrastructure projects that are deemed unviable
* Tasking the Inspector-General of Water Compliance to undertake an independent audit of the water allocated to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
* Publishing information about the status of projects and delivery of the 450GL of water for the environment
* Acknowledgement in the plan of First Nations people's connection, history and water needs
* Boosting funding for the Aboriginal Water Entitlement Program (AWEP) to $100 million
* Mandatory reporting to demonstrate how environmental water holders have considered First Nations values and uses, and involved First Nations in environmental watering decisions
* Allowing additional water recovery in the Northern Basin.
Australian Associated Press