Saving Murray River at critical stage - SA Premier
DELIBERATIONS to deliver the plan to save the Murray River have reached a ''tipping point'', the South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, says.
Mr Weatherill said it was his understanding that the plan to go before federal Parliament was yet to be finalised, but he believed the decision-making process was at a critical stage.
''It's at a fine tipping point at the moment,'' the Premier said.
''I genuinely believe that we are at a very finely balanced stage in the discussions and in the deliberations of my federal colleagues.
''They've got some very big decisions to make.
''Essentially they've got a choice to make. They've got a choice about whether they come with South Australia or whether they go with Victoria and NSW.''
In its submissions on the Murray-Darling Basin plan, the South Australian government has called for more water for environmental flows than suggested by Victoria and NSW.
It also wants guarantees on other issues including reduced salinity levels and keeping the Murray mouth open.
The state government will consider a High Court challenge to the plan if it does not meet its key requirements.