The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by SA Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own, but they are politically influential since they represent the will of the Senate.
(1) The Senate:
(a) notes that:
(i) the Murray Darling Royal Commission recommended that future water recovery for the environment, including the 450 GL, should be purchased through buyback, which requires repeal of the 1,500 GL cap on buybacks in section 85C of the Water Act 2007, and
(ii) the future environmental health of the Murray-Darling Basin relies on additional water recovery; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to support the urgent repeal of the 1,500 GL limit on Commonwealth water purchases.
(2) This resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence.