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On 28th May 2012, the Authority provided a package of documents to each member of the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council which included a transmittal letter, the Proposed Basin Plan – a revised draft, the Proposed Basin Plan consultation report, the Socio-economic implications of the Proposed Basin Plan and a Guideline for the method to determine priorities for applying environmental water. The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council subsequently provided their comments and separate State/Territory responses on Monday 9th July 2012. Under the Water Act, the Authority has the discretion as to whether it is necessary or appropriate to consult on the Basin Minister' comments.  On receipt of the Ministers' comments, the Authority considered the matters raised and determined further consultation would be beneficial. Basin Ministers have three weeks (from Monday 6th August 2012) to present any further comments to the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, the Hon Tony Burke MP, for consideration. The Minister may then approve the plan or request further changes and only when satisfied will present the Plan to the Parliament  

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