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.
"Despite all the noise, the Nationals have today failed to vote to halt the sale of Cubbie Station and to send a clear message to the Government that the sale should be put on ice until the Minister can explain why it is in the national interest.
"In a separate motion in the Senate today the Coalition, including the Nationals, voted down the Greens' efforts to include a clearly defined national interest test when considering foreign investment transactions.
"It is imperative that we know what impact the sale of Cubbie Station to a foreign-owned consortium will have on Australia's precious water resources now and in the future.
"The sale of Cubbie Station should not go ahead until there has been proper examination of the impact of the sale.
"We know that Cubbie Station is the country's largest water license and stores enough water to fill the Sydney Harbour, but the Treasurer has been prepared to signed it away before knowing what the implications will be for the nation's water resources."
"The Greens have said all along that there needs to be 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 interest test.
"The public are still in the dark as what advice the Treasurer received from the Foreign Investment Review Board regarding the proposed sale of Cubbie Station. I again call on the Treasurer to release this advice and provide the public with an explanation as to why the sale is in the national interest."
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NOTICE OF MOTION
I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:
a) Calls on the Government to halt the sale of Cubbie Station;
b) Calls on the Government to release the written advice provided by the Foreign Investment Review Board to the Treasurer regarding the proposed sale of Cubbie Station announced on Friday 31 August 2012;
c) Calls on the Government to complete and release a national audit of foreign ownership of water entitlements.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Australian Greens Senator for South Australia