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Xenophon sells SA short in water negotiations

The Nick Xenophon Team cannot be trusted to stand up for South Australia, the Australian Greens have said, after it was revealed that Senator Xenophon has removed his demand for additional environmental water in negotiations with the government on the ABCC Bill.

“Nick Xenophon has just sold South Australia down the river,” South Australian Senator and Greens’ water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“He’s letting South Australia and the River Murray down, just so he can cosy up to the Coalition and help them to rip rights away from hard working Australians.

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Senate to explore Australian ‘Battery-Boom’ potential

The potential for an Australian Battery-Boom will be analysed after the Australian Greens established an inquiry into the ‘Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’.

“Severe storms have battered the southern states in recent weeks and we’ve seen the supply of energy in South Australia take a hit as a result,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The relentless march of dangerous global warming means that these sorts of extreme weather events will only become more common in the future.

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BP out of the Bight: Community 1, Big Oil 0

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the news that BP have decided to drop its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and has vowed to work with the government to protect this natural wonder from all oil and gas exploration.

“BP have said goodbye to the Bight, I say good riddance to BP,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“This is a great win for the community who made it clear that BP weren’t welcome from the beginning.

“BP should never have been given an exploration permit, especially considering the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Greens to move Senate motion in support of SA renewable energy target

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said that the release of the preliminary Australian Energy Market Operator report into the SA storms has shown that renewable energy was not to blame for the state-wide blackout and will move a motion, supporting renewable energy in her state, when the Senate next sits.

“This report makes it crystal clear that the storm caused South Australia’s blackout. Anyone saying otherwise is only doing so for cheap political reasons,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016

I move: That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect the Great Australian Bight environment, and for related purposes. . I present the bill and move: That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

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Potential faulty equipment should delay Bight drilling approval

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a delay in the approval process for BP drilling in the Great Australian Bight after it was revealed today that oil rigs poised to be used there could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a catastrophic incident.

"This revelation is extremely concerning and goes to show why the decision to approve drilling should not be rushed," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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