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Coorong is dying while Government tries to sell ripping water from environment

The Government must drop its plans to rip 605 billion litres out of environmental water from the southern Murray Darling Basin and focus on restoring health to the river, the Australian Greens say following harrowing reports of the dying Coorong.

“$8 billion has been spent on the Murray Darling Basin Plan and the Coorong is dying. The Government needs to take the blinkers off, wake up and realise the entire Basin, and the river communities who rely on it,  are at a tipping point,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens committed to stopping changes to Basin Plan

The Australian Greens have today reaffirmed their commitment to disallowing changes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“The Senate is being asked to allow 605 billion litres of water to be ripped off the environment for the sake of untested water efficiency projects, despite a constant flow of reports that big corporate irrigators are stealing water from the river and getting away with it,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Leaked MDBA report a damning blow to community confidence

The Turnbull Government and the Murray Darling Basin Authority have questions to answer, Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"Today's leaked report shows the MDBA advising the Government not to trust its modelling, while telling the public to do exactly that.

"This report puts the blame for the ailing health of the Darling on man-made water extraction, at a time when the Senate is being asked to approve even more water being taken out of the system.

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Billions of litres of environmental water saved from the clutches of greedy corporate irrigators

The Australian Greens’ push to stop billions of litres of water from being stripped from the environment to feather the nests of greedy corporate irrigators has won the backing of Labor and some crossbench senators, passing the Senate tonight.

“We’ve cleared the first hurdle on the road to restoring the Murray Darling Basin Plan back to what it was meant to be; security for the river, and for the environment to get what it needs to survive,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Allegations of lies and corruption risk South Australia’s vital water source

Today’s revelations that South Australia has been sold down the river about how much water it would lose if the Government’s change to the Murray Darling Basin Plan are further proof why the Plan should not be scaled back, The Australian Greens say.

“Big irrigators and upstream states are always claiming that South Australia is too far downstream for anything to matter – that’s just not true,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Political denial over the Murray Darling Basin Plan will kill the river: Greens

Today’s intervention by prominent scientists and economists warning that the roll-out of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is failing should be a wakeup call to Canberra that the health of the nation’s biggest river system is not going to recover without urgent and bold action, Australian Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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