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Basin Plan, from river’s greatest hope to environmental risk

The current Murray Darling Basin Plan will not save our nation’s most important river system, despite the Government’s spin, the Australian Greens said today.

“The Government have done a dirty deal with the Coalition and now we’re left with a Plan that supports the big irrigators and not the environment,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “We must be clear, this Plan will not save the river and that is why Barnaby Joyce is so eager to support Tony Burke and his environmentally reckless package.

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Basin Plan too important to get wrong

With the nation’s most important river system on the line, it is crucial that we get the Murray Darling Basin Plan right and therefore more needs to be done to strengthen the environmental protections of the Water Act, the Australian Greens said today.

 “I will be moving to amend the Water Act tomorrow to create the environmental protections that are lacking from the current Basin Plan, and that the river so desperately needs to survive,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Transcript: Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young: Murray Darling

Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young responded to the Government's Murray Darling Basin Plan, and responded to questions on asylum seeker policy, the Tasmanian forest talks, and Michael Danby


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Subjects:  Murray Darling Basin Plan, asylum seekers and temporary protection visas, Tasmanian forest talks, Michael Danby.

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Basin Plan will lead to river devastation

The Australian Greens will be moving to improve the inadequate Plan that was revealed by Tony Burke today.

 “This is a Plan for big irrigators and not the environment,” the Greens Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It is disappointing that the Government has decided to do a deal with the Coalition and upstream irrigators rather than taking the opportunity to work with the Greens and save the river from environmental collapse.

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Guaranteeing a Basin Plan minimum, not a maximum locking in failure

The Australian Greens will move to cement the Government’s recently announced 3200GL target for the Basin Plan as the absolute minimum amount of water to be returned to the environment in coming weeks.

 “The Greens have announced today that they will move to amend two Water Bills currently before federal parliament with an aim to guarantee 3200GL of water as the absolute minimum to be returned to the environment,” Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Murray Darling Basin Plan still falls short, despite Government’s hype

The Australian Greens are urging people to listen to the experts and see through the Government’s spin on the recently announced changes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

 “The Federal Government’s fudging of the figures when it comes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan is being laid bare for all to see,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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