How Kristina Keneally voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the full delivery of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Division Kristina Keneally Supporters vote Division outcome

23rd Jun 2021, 7:22 PM – Senate Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector-General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021 - in Committee - Nationals' amendments

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The majority voted against amendments introduced by Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan (LNP), which means they failed.

Interestingly, these amendments were inconsistent with the Cabinet's views, meaning that the Nationals were breaking with the rest of the Coalition in introducing them.

Amendment text

(1) Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 9), after item 1, insert:

1A Subsection 19(5)

Omit "at least every 10 years (or sooner if the Minister or all the Basin States request)", substitute "during 2026 and at such other times as agreed by the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council".

1B Subsections 50(1) to (4)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

(1) The Authority must:

(a) review the Basin Plan during 2026, unless the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council agrees otherwise; and

(b) review the Basin Plan at such other times as agreed by the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council.

1C Paragraph 50(5)(a)

Omit "or (2)".

1D Subsection 50(6)

Omit "subsection (1)", substitute "paragraph (1)(a)".

1E Section 52

Before "If", insert "(1)".

1F Section 52

After "section 45", insert "but subject to subsection (2) of this section".

1G At the end of section 52


(2) However:

(a) the Authority must not prepare an amendment of the Basin Plan as mentioned in this section unless the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council agrees; and

(b) an amendment of the Basin Plan prepared as mentioned in this section must not provide for a reduction in the long term average sustainable diversion limit.

(2) Schedule 1, Part 1, page 15 (after line 29), at the end of the Part, add:

2A Division 5 of Part 2 (heading)

Omit "1,500 gigalitre", substitute "1,229 gigalitre".

2B Section 85B

Omit "1,500 gigalitre", substitute "1,229 gigalitre".

2C Section 85C (heading)

Omit "1,500 gigalitre", substitute "1,229 gigalitre".

2D Subsection 85C(1)

Omit "1,500 gigalitres", substitute "1,229 gigalitres".

2E Subsection 85C(2)

Repeal the subsection.

(3) Schedule 1, Part 1, page 15, at the end of the Part (after proposed item 2E), add:

2F Subsection 86AA(1)

Omit "(1)".

2G Subsections 86AA(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

2H At the end of paragraph 86AD(2)(a)


(vii) investing in complementary measures to enhance environmental outcomes in relation to the Murray Darling Basin;

2J Paragraph 86AD(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

2K Subparagraph 86AD(2)(c)(ii)

Omit "associated with a project or purchase referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) or subparagraph (c)(i)", substitute "associated with a project referred to in paragraph (a) or subparagraph (c)(i), or any previous purchase of water access rights paid for with amounts debited from the Water for the Environment Special Account,".

2L Subsection 86AD(2) (notes 1 and 2)

Repeal the notes.

2M Subsection 86AD(4)

Repeal the subsection.

2N Paragraph 86AI(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

(b) achievements against those objectives and priorities;

2P Subsection 86AJ(1)

Omit all the words after "is sufficient to", substitute "achieve the object of this Part by 30 June 2024".

2Q Paragraph 86AJ(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

absent No Not passed by a large majority

21st Jun 2021 – Senate Motions - Murray-Darling Basin - Support delivery of Plan

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The majority voted in favour of part (d) of a motion introduced by NSW Senator Deborah O'Neill (Labor), which means it passed. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own, but they can be politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

The Coalition was split in this vote, with the Liberal Party voting 'Yes' and the Nationals and Liberal National Party voting 'No'.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is a bipartisan framework for the sustainable use of water in the Murray-Darling basin system;

(b) supports a river system that has healthy ecosystems, agricultural production, sustainable local communities and encourages First Nations cultural practices;

(c) further notes the commitment of the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia (Mr Pitt) to recover all of the 450 gigalitres from New South Wales and Victoria in his press release of 4 September 2020; and

(d) supports the delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, in full and on time.

absent Yes Passed by a large majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Kristina Keneally was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.