Two sets of scientific advice on Murray Darling fish disaster

The government and Opposition will have their own separate sets of expert advice on the Murray-Darling fish kill.

The Australian Academy of Science, “in consultation with the other learned academies,” has “responded to a specific request from the Leader of the Opposition,” and convened an expert group to provide scientific advice on fish-deaths in the Murray-Darling system.

Meanwhile the government is getting its own expert advice, with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud appointing “an independent panel” chaired by the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s independent advisory committee head Rob Vertessy.

The academy report will go to Bill Shorten on February 10 and Professor Vertessy’s preliminary report to the government on February 20.

Yesterday the Academy of Science welcomed the government announcement, although whether Mr Littleproud will welcome the learned academies lining up to advise the Opposition is another question.

The full list of Academy of Science experts is below.


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