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Murray Darling draft plan will fail the river at great expense unless fixed

The scientific concerns over the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan show problems with the blueprint which won't go away until it is vastly improved, the Australian Greens said today following comments by Tony Windsor.

"It's not simply a matter of state, territory and commonwealth relations, it's the draft plan itself and its lack of environmental credibility," Greens' Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Govt should heed Wentworth Group on Murray Darling draft plan

 

The Gillard government should heed the advice of the Wentworth Group's report into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan and commit to having the flawed science corrected. The government must ensure the parliament is given a legal and credible plan that will deliver a healthy, working river and is environmentally sound, the Australian Greens said today.

 

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The Murray-Darling Basin Plan must provide for the future, not set us up for failure:

On Monday 28 November the Murray Darling Basin Authority released a Draft Plan for winding back the over-allocation of water and restoring precious ecosystems so they can keep sustaining Australia. But the Draft Plan is a huge disappointment - it won't return enough water to save the system which means it risks wasting nearly $10 billion of public funds.

 

The 20-week community consultation process will go until April 2012.

You can have your say during the MDBA consultation.

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The Murray-Darling Basin Plan must provide for the future

On Monday, the Murray Darling Basin Authority released a Draft Plan to restore some of Australia’s most important rivers to full health. But the Draft Plan won't return enough water to save the system, which means it risks wasting nearly $10 billion of taxpayers’ money while Basin communities and precious ecosystems struggle to survive.

We only have a small window to change the Plan. Starting now, Australians need to tell the Authority what we think about the future of our food bowl.

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Science behind basin plan already flawed

The CSIRO's assessment of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan backs up what the Australian Greens have been saying all along, by showing water and ecology targets will not be met without greater volumes being allocated to the environment.

"The science was made to fit around the figure of 2,800 GL, which was then cut by another 50 GL in the actual draft plan," Greens' Murray Darling Basin and water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Murray Darling Basin Authority’s draft plan not enough to save environment

The Australian Greens say they are extremely disappointed by the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan which appears to be repeating the mistakes of overlooking the environment's needs, fails to effectively tackle the problems of over-allocation and risks wasting billions of taxpayers' dollars.

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