Blair challenges NSW Labor to water debate

Blair challenges NSW Labor to water debate


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Labor has accepted the NSW government's challenge to debate the Murray-Darling Basin crisis.

Labor has accepted the NSW government's challenge to debate the Murray-Darling Basin crisis.

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NSW Labor's water spokesman has accepted a challenge thrown down by Regional Water Minister Niall Blair for a live debate on a water policy "anytime, anywhere...

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NSW Labor's water spokesman has accepted a challenge thrown down by Regional Water Minister Niall Blair for a live debate on a water policy "anytime, anywhere".

Mr Blair on Friday called for either Chris Minns or Labor leader Michael Daley to participate in a debate after the opposition released a six-point water policy.

Hours later, Mr Minns issued a statement saying Labor accepted the challenge "and declares that Broken Hill or Menindee will be the location".

His release described the two towns as being "at the epicentre of the National Party's disastrous management of water in NSW".

Up to a million fish are believed to be dead in the Darling River at Menindee as the result of a cold front killing off an algal bloom that sucked oxygen from the water.

Mr Blair had earlier criticised the opposition's newly-announced water policy, saying it would increase rural water prices, the price of fresh food and other household items.

"Labor's hastily conceived six-point water policy will reduce the amount of water available for the productive sector in the Murray Darling Basin, inevitably leading to an increase in the price of groceries in shops and supermarkets," Mr Blair said.

Australian Associated Press

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