THE member for Murray has vowed to keep pushing for more transparency on water control in NSW after her bill pushing for a register was defeated in state parliament on Thursday.
Helen Dalton's bill was rejected 37-44 in the Lower House with Liberal and National government members, including Albury MP Justin Clancy, opposing it.
"I will never give up on this because it's needed," Ms Dalton said on Friday.
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"We would like to know at least the foreign corporations and governments owning our water."
Another Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP has a similar bill in the Upper House, while Water Minister Melinda Pavey also is moving water register legislation.
Ms Pavey rejected Ms Dalton's bill on the grounds it may breach privacy and hurt "mum-and-dad" farmers.
Murray Darling Association national president David Thurley said he supported greater transparency and expected it would be discussed at his group's national conference in September.
"We do have a view it needs to be more open and transparent," Mr Thurley said.
"I understand the issues about privacy and commercial-in-confidence but it's meant to be like a market and they only operate well if they're open."