A Productivity Commission inquiry into accusations of water theft in the Murray Darling Basin, has asked whether new compliance measures are tough enough.
An issues paper has outlined 14 key measures to address as they work to keep the Murray Darling basin Plan alive with the river states at logger heads over its delivery.
It suggests compliance needs to be more assertive in its enforcement, asking for evidence that recent changes to the escalation of claims of theft and mismanagement have been effective.
Victoria and NSW have both threatened to abandon the plan in the wake of a senate decision to stop 70 gigalitres of water being reallocated from environmental flow to irrigators.
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