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PC draft report shows Murray Darling Basin Plan is doomed

The Greens are calling on the National Party to lose the Water Ministry following the release of the Productivity Commission’s damning draft report into the failed management and implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

 

“The Productivity Commission has belled the cat on the lack of faith the community has in the Government’s commitment to save the river,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“The Nationals must be stripped of the water portfolio to get the river’s management back on track.

 

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Stand aside, Littleproud

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The Australian Greens are calling on Water Minister David Littleproud to stand aside after fraud charges were laid against his wife’s second-cousin John Norman, who for seven years of ripped off river communities and the taxpayer.

 

“Now that charges have been laid, the Water Minister should step aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest. This water thief has stolen water, defrauded the taxpayer and must front the full force of the law,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Senate condemns Turnbull Government for hiding from SA Royal Commission

The Senate has today has supported a Greens motion condemning the Government for hiding from the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission.

“Our river is on life support and our government is in witness protection,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Senate has sent a clear message to this government: this isn’t good enough. Give the people of South Australia the respect they deserve and stop hiding, show up and tell the truth.

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Environment must be prioritised in MDBP

The passage of the Water Amendment Bill before the Senate tonight may be unlawful and could risk a High Court challenge, according to the SA Royal Commissioner investigating the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“This is a bad piece of legislation that will set the Murray Darling Basin Plan backwards. It is in direct contradiction to the purpose of the Plan, which was to ensure the environment got the water it needed for the river system to survive,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Ministerial Council sells out South Australia and fails the River

South Australia has been sold out and the Murray has been failed following the Ministerial Council’s decision to crabwalk away from the Murray Darling Basin Plan today, The Australian Greens say.

“Today’s decision by the Water Ministerial Council is a blow to South Australia and the survival of the River. The Turnbull Government and upstream states are crab-walking away from the objective of the Murray Darling Basin Plan – to save the River,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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SA Government must stand up for the bottom end of the river

The Australian Greens are urging the SA Government to stand up for the Murray and challenge New South Wales’ latest water grab on behalf of big cotton.
 
“The New South Wales Liberal National Government continues to sit on its hands while cashed up irrigators disregard and undermine the Murray Darling Basin Plan. If any other state behaved in this way, New South Wales would be hitting the nuclear button on the Plan entirely,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 
 
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Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM announced as the Australian Greens candidate for Mayo

The Australian Greens are thrilled to announce Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM, Ngarrindjeri elder, will contest the seat of Mayo in the upcoming by-election.

The Greens’ campaign will focus on putting people and the environment back at the centre of decision-making, including saving the Murray, protecting the Great Australian Bight, while fighting to address inequality and for more Aboriginal representation in the federal parliament.

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Government and Labor team up to sell out the Murray River and Victorian river communities

“The government and Labor teaming up to cut 605 billion litres of water from the environment, sells out the Murray River and Victorian river communities,” says Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice.

The Greens moved yesterday to disallow the regulation that will see 605 billion litres cut from environmental flows. Labor joined with the Government to allow these cuts to go ahead.

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