Parliament likely to pass bill granting MDBA greater power

A BILL to let the Murray-Darling Basin Authority change the amount of water returned to the environment without getting approval from the Environment Minister is likely to be passed by the Federal Parliament.

The bill was referred to the Regional Australia committee chaired by independent Tony Windsor MP for consideration in September.

Mr Windsor tabled the committee response to the bill on Wednesday, announcing the committee was happy for the change to be made.

It will mean that the basin authority will be able to change the sustainable diversion limits without any public consultation on such changes, and without the Minister's approval.

The bill was referred to a later sitting date for further debate by the House of Representatives.