In his report, Mr Keelty concludes that there is less water because the climate is drying and warming.
In his report, Mr Keelty explodes the myth that environmental water holdings are treated any differently to other types of water entitlement.
He also dismisses the suggestion that environmental water be given up for irrigation in times of drought.
Our rivers are in ecological collapse - especially in the north. Now more than ever it's critical that more water is held by the taxpayers, and used to sure up the resilience of our waterways.
The Commonwealth has a responsibility to purchase the remaining 47.5 billion under the buy back cap, most of that water is to be purchased in the Northern Basin, for use in the parched Darling River.
If we continue to allow our rivers, wetlands and aquifers to decline, they will soon reach a point of no return. Then we're all in trouble.
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