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Senator Hanson-Young's Winter Newsletter 2012

So far it has been a busy year for the Australian Greens. We have seen the transition from the inspiring leadership of Bob Brown to inspirational Christine Milne, negotiated 165 million for dental health, and had a Senate Inquiry into my Marriage Equality (amendment) Bill 2010 strongly recommended that the legislation be passed into law, to name a few. To find out more and to catch up on what I have been up to this year in the Australian Senate, click on the attachment below.

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Cadell ferry decision shows community's power

The Australian Greens have welcomed the South Australian government's about turn to keep open the essential ferry service at Cadell.

"We're pleased the government finally recognised the importance of the ferry to Cadell and the Riverland community and decided against closing it," South Australian Greens' Senator and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"My office and those of my fellow SA Greens have received lots of correspondence from South Australians, especially those in the Riverland, urging we keep the ferry open.

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Senate approves motion ordering release of Basin Plan legal advice

The Senate has today passed a Greens' motion ordering the government to produce documents on the legal advice of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's plan to manage the river system.

"The Greens are continuing to fight for the Murray Darling in the parliament so Australians can see on what grounds the government is making its decisions about the plan," Greens' water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said.

"We are eager for the government to act on the Senate's decision.

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Greens urge SA govt to keep open Cadell ferry

The South Australian government should find ways to keep open the Cadell ferry over the River Murray because Riverland communities need infrastructure improvements not knockbacks, the Australian Greens said today.

"Adding 20km to a trip may seem insignificant to the Transport Department in Adelaide, but it's unfair for communities like Cadell which have battled the drought and need reliable services like the ferry," South Australian Greens' Senator and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Revised Murray Darling plan fails the river and ignores top scientists' advice

After 20 weeks of consultations and assurances it was listening to the community's views, the Murray Darling Basin Authority's revised draft plan is still flawed and still fails the river system, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australians who believed the Murray Darling Basin Authority were supposed to be coming up with a strategy to correct the over-allocation of water and return the river to health for the long-term will be extremely disappointed," Greens' water & Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Scientists say Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan fails to cover next drought

Some of the country's top scientists have today told an inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan the plan won't cover future droughts and doesn't give South Australians water security, the Australian Greens said.

"The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists explained the current draft plan does nothing to help users prepare for the next drought," Greens' water & Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens' submission to Murray Darling Basin Authority calls for final plan to be legal and respectful of science

The Australian Greens have sent their submission to the Murray Darling Basin Authority, urging it ensure the final plan respects the best available science and is legal under the Water Act 2007.

"The draft plan fails the river and the community by ignoring the views of some of Australia's top scientists including the CSIRO, Goyder Institute and Wentworth Group," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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