Murray inquiry to take final submissions


South Australia’s royal commission investigating the Murray-Darling Basin is drawing to a close with commissioner Bret Walker about to take final submissions.

Mr Walker has spent almost a year examining a wide range of issues associated with the basin and the plan to ensure the future viability of the system.

He has been particularly concerned with questions of water theft and rorting by upstream users.

The commissioner will hear from his senior counsel Richard Beasley for the final time on Tuesday after receiving more than 150 submissions and taking evidence from more than 70 witnesses.

His investigation has also travelled across the basin to hear from local communities.

Mr Walker is due to hand his final report to the state government in February next year.

His inquiry was established by SA’s previous Labor administration ahead of the March state election.

And while the New Liberal government has allowed it to continue it refused the commissioner’s request for an extension of time.

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