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Legal advice sheds doubts on legality of Murray Darling basin draft plan, shows whole process fails South Australia

New legal advice has cast doubt about whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan meets the legal requirements of the Commonwealth Water Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"The draft plan must be fixed otherwise it is doomed to fail," Greens' water and Murray Darling spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"The draft plan will fail to save the river and now we know it fails to comply with the Act, so as a result the whole process fails South Australia.

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Greens urge SA federal MPs to get off fence and demand 4,000 GL for inadequate MDBA draft plan

It's time South Australia's federal MPs declared whether they will accept an inadequate Murray Darling draft plan that lacks the 4,000 GL required to save the river system for future generations, the Australian Greens said today.

"Since the draft plan was released in November, the Greens have been the only party which has consistently stood up for South Australians to demand it be improved," Greens' water spokesperson and South Australian Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Only the Greens standing up for an improved Murray Darling basin draft plan

The Australian Greens today told a rally in Canberra it's the only party trying to improve the Murray Darling draft plan so enough water is returned to the environment to ensure the basin is resilient for future generations.

"As our leader, Bob Brown, told the rally, the 2,750 GL in the draft plan is inadequate and won't create a healthy, working river system," Greens' water spokesperson and South Australian Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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MDBA’s decision on floods shows it must model for climate change

Reports that the Murray Darling Basin Authority will crunch the numbers from the past three years of floods proves the Greens' call that climate change modelling should always have been included to ensure the plan has resilience.

"The authority's 2010 guide to the draft plan included models for the consequences of climate change, but the 2011 draft plan doesn't," Greens' water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"If today's report is correct, that discrepancy must be addressed because the authority has set a precedent.

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Greens ask MDBA to hold draft plan public consultation in Adelaide

The Australian Greens have written to the Murray Darling Basin Authority asking it hold a public meeting in Adelaide to discuss the implications of the draft plan.

"I was among more than 1,000 people who went to Renmark last week for the authority's public meeting where the venue was overflowing," Greens' water spokesperson and South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Govt & Coalition appear to blindly back flawed Murray-Darling draft plan

Labor and the Coalition have today given the clearest indication yet that they will support the flawed Murray Darling Basin draft plan by voting down a Greens' motion to send the document to a Senate inquiry.

"Australians have good grounds now to think the older parties are ready to approve the problematic draft plan without due scrutiny and jeopardise $9 billion of taxpayers' money," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens to send Murray Darling Basin draft plan to Senate inquiry

 

The Greens have today announced they will move for a Senate inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan when Parliament resumes next week so parliamentarians can scrutinise what is being proposed.

 

"We want an answer to the basic question why did the MDBA choose 2,750 GL when the science says the river system needs at least 4,000 GL," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The basin authority has yet to justify that figure.

 

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Greens urge govt to release legal advice on Murray Darling draft plan compliance with Water Act

The Australian Greens have today called on the Gillard government to release legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act.

"As the MDBA head today confirmed in a Senate estimates committee hearing that legal advice was done, now is the time for the government to let Australians see it," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"They clearly have the legal advice on the draft plan, despite last week declining to release it when I questioned the government about its existence.

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Govt can’t say if Murray Darling draft plan complies with Commonwealth Water Act

The Gillard government is unable to say if it has sought independent legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"The government obtained legal advice for the 2010 guide to the draft plan, but today could not say if it has done so for the draft released three months ago," Greens' Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"We are concerned by that omission, given that $9 billion of taxpayers' money is at stake.

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