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Heed top scientists' advice and fix flawed Murray Darling draft plan

The Federal Government must heed the advice of Australia's top scientists if the plan to save the Murray Darling river system is to achieve its purpose and have longevity, the Australian Greens said today.

"Our top scientists are concerned about the negative consequences of extraordinary increases in groundwater extractions included in the draft plan, as are the Greens," Greens' water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens move to force govt to release legal advice on MDBA's draft plan

South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, has again showed how her party is standing up for the Murray by taking more steps to make the federal government reveal its legal advice about the basin authority's draft plan.

"I've now lodged a Freedom of Information request with the Murray Darling Basin Authority and Minister Burke's department and will next month move to have documents tabled in parliament," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said.

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Wentworth Group confirms draft plan's groundwater extractions bad for SA

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists' independent assessment of the implications of extra ground water extractions in the MDBA's flawed draft plan spells yet more bad news for South Australia, the Australian Greens said today.

"The current proposal fails to save the river and fails to protect SA from a new round of over allocations from upstream states through increased groundwater extractions," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"Unless this is changed, the river will die from the bottom up, starting with the closing of the Murray Mouth.

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Hanson-Young challenges Sen. Nash to Adelaide debate on MDBA draft plan

Australian Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, has challenged Nationals Sen. Fiona Nash to a debate in Adelaide on the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan.

"Sen. Nash freely attacks me when I stand up for my state, but will she come to South Australia and debate the flawed draft plan. There are no jobs from a dead river," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"Sen. Nash attacked me yesterday for attending a Murray Darling Basin Authority meeting in Adelaide and standing up for South Australia.

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Greens pressure Burke to fix flaws in MDBA draft plan

With multiple legal challenges looming and consensus among environment groups and top scientists that the current Murray Darling plan won't work, the Greens have called on Tony Burke to stand by remarks he will intervene on the plan if necessary.

"He needs to act on his remarks because the draft plan as is will fail the basin and cause the river to die from the bottom up, starting with the closing of the Murray Mouth," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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MDBA’s Adelaide meeting ignored South Australians’ many questions over flawed draft plan

South Australians are no closer to having their many fears about the Murray Darling basin plan allayed after the MDBA's Adelaide public meeting today.

"No Basin Authority representative could say why they have not modelled a draft plan returning 4,000 GL which the science says is the minimum amount that would save the river," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The plan as is fails South Australia because it's not based on the best available science, and may not comply legally with the Water Act.

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