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SA may use public funds in Murray campaign

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016

South Australia will consider using taxpayer funds to wage a public campaign to ensure the plan to save the Murray is implemented in full.

Premier Jay Weatherill says the state government is considering all its options to pressure the commonwealth to deliver on its promises, including a pledge to provide an extra 450 gigalitres in environmental flows.

Those options could include taxpayer-funded television advertising and court action, the premier says.

"We had a binding agreement with the commonwealth. We simply want it honoured," the premier told reporters on Tuesday.

"We're going to fight for the river. We expect all South Australians to stand up and join this campaign and fight for the river."

The South Australian opposition has also called for the full plan to be implemented.

"We will not let the upstream states wriggle out of delivering their part of the agreement," Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said.

"Returning 3200 gigalitres of water to the Murray-Darling Basin is a legislated requirement. We will not support that volume being cut."

The Conservation Council of South Australia pledged to join the fight to ensure the full plan was delivered.

"The basin plan was a hard-fought compromise between different water users that was decades in the making," chief executive Craig Wilkins said.

"No one got exactly what they wanted but it was a huge step forward for the health of the river.

"We clearly have no choice but to gear up for another fight to see a fair share of flows come all the way down the river."

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