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Labor celebrates a Basin Plan that fails our Murray

The Australian Greens are calling for more urgent work to be done on the Basin Plan as the Prime Minister, Environment Minister and SA Premier celebrate a Basin Plan which still starts at 2750GL and won’t keep the Basin healthy.

 “We shouldn’t be setting a limit on what we can do to save the river when it will guarantee environmental failure,” said Greens’ Water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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More modelling needed from MDBA

Today’s modelling released by the Murray Darling Basin Authority has shown that the earlier figure of 2750GL/y was unacceptable, highlighting the fact that more needs to be done before a Plan can be agreed to, according to the Australian Greens.

 “The MDBA’s analysis of a 3200GL/y environmental return shows that the much touted earlier figure of 2750GL/y was inadequate and that further scientific study must be carried out,” Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Environment being sold down the river by MDBP

The Government must heed the advice of environmental experts who today published an article showing that the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan would be both ineffectual and illegal, the Australian Greens say.

 “The Greens welcome the work of all environmental and legal groups across Australia who are working to expose the catastrophic impact a substandard Murray Darling Basin Plan would have,” Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Barnaby Joyce backflips on Cubbie

The Greens say that Barnaby Joyce and his Nationals colleagues have back-flipped on Cubbie Station by voting against delaying the sale of the Station.

"It seems Barnaby Joyce and his Nationals colleagues are more talk than action when it comes to their concerns over the sale of Cubbie Station," said Greens' spokesperson for Water and the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Cubbie Station sale should be put on ice until we know the real cost to Australia: Greens

The Greens today called on the government to delay the sale of Cubbie Station until there has been proper examination of the impacts of the sale on Australia's precious water resources.

"The proposed sale of Cubbie Station is a classic example of why we urgently need a national register of foreign ownership of water licences and a more rigorous requirement for the Foreign Investment Review Board to consider water resources as part of its national interests test" Greens spokesperson for Water and Murray Darling Basin Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Stand up for your Murray rights: Greens launch video

The Greens have today launched a new video that calls on the public to stand up for the Murray River by sending a video message to federal parliament.

"The time has come to stand united and call on Minister Burke to take charge of the failing reform process to secure a healthy and sustainable river system," said Greens' water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Greens call on Burke to reject failed Plan

Greens call on Burke to reject failed Plan

The Australian Greens have today called on Minister Burke to step in and reject the Murray Darling Basin plan that in its current form, is set to fail the future of the river system.

"The Plan handed down by the Authority today fails the river and its communities, it fails South Australia and unfortunately looks set to fail in the courts as well." Greens' water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Murray Darling Basin Authority report

Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne, and Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young held a press conference to respond to the Murray Darling Basin Authority report.

Please see the transcript of their statements below. The audio file provides the full audio with the questions and answers.


Transcript:

Christine Milne:                      

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Senator Christine Milne & Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Press Conference, July 8, 2012

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne and Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young held a press conference to discuss further developments in the Greens' proposals to save the lives of refugees and prevent them from taking the risky journey to Australia in dangerous boats.

The senators also addressed questions on statements in recent days by Sam Dastayari and Paul Howes.

The press conference was held outside the Australian Greens Special Policy Conference, where the party passed three proposals. The text of the proposals is below:

 

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Hanson-Young pre-selected as SA Greens’ lead candidate for Senate in 2013

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today been chosen as the Australian Greens' lead candidate for the South Australian in the 2013 election and will continue being a strong, progressive, local voice in the fight against the Abbott Coalition.

"I am humbled and honoured that my fellow Greens members have selected me as their lead candidate here today in Adelaide," Sen. Hanson-Young said.

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