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Garrett must heed MDB Authority weir concerns

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Environment Minister Peter Garrett must heed concerns held by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and reject the proposal to build a weir at Wellington.

It was reported today that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority admitted that it was “a possibility” that it would use its power to stop the proposed weir at Wellington due to a lack of information about potential negative impacts of it being built.

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Murray-Darling River System

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.33 pm)- My question is to Senator Faulkner, the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Water.

Has the minister commissioned a risk assessment of the devastating ecological consequences of flooding Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert with salt water?

Senator FAULKNER - I thank Senator Hanson-Young for her question. I can advise Senator Hanson-Young that Senator Wong has not commissioned such a risk assessment.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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Greens launch crystal-clear nuclear policy: No nukes in Australia

The Greens have today warned voters not to be fooled by the major parties’ silence over uranium exports.

“Nuclear is the elephant in the room. Despite the notable silence on
uranium from both major parties, voters ought to be worried about
Australia’s rapidly growing involvement in the global nuclear
industry,” Greens Senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Greens challenge Labor over coal power station and climate change action

During a visit to the South East today, Greens Senate candidate
Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the state and federal Labor parties to
rule out the approval of the proposed a new coal-fired power station
near Kingston.

Both state Labor and Liberal parties have previously given their
support for the proposal for a new 300MW power station fuelled by a
dirty brown coal deposit located north of Kingston.

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