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Floods Buy Time For River But Federal Govt Must Act

The announcement that 148 gigalitres of water will be released from NSW to the lower Murray River and Lower Lakes is welcome, but it doesn't let the Federal Government off the hook, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on the Lower Murray, says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd did little to help resolve the conflict between the states on how much water would be released to the bottom end of the river, and that his government's attitude needs to change.

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It's Not THAT Easy Being Green, Tony

The Liberal Party may have made valid criticisms of the Federal Government's lack of action on the Murray-Darling and other issues, but neither of the major parties have proven their credentials on the environment, according to the Australian Greens.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Lower Murray, says last night's speech by Tony Abbott has attracted a lot of attention, but that the Liberals have to do more than just talk to convince people they are serious on the environment.

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Second Speech on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Tuesday November 24 -

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(1.05 pm)-I rise today to contribute to this debate on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and related legislation. I note that this is the second time I have spoken on this legislation - as it is for many others in this chamber. Despite the amendments and the dirty deal announced by the Prime Minister earlier today, the legislation in front of us is no different to the legislation that we debated some months ago.

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Federal Water Minister Penny Wong needs to tell the Rann Government to start preparing Adelaide for life without its traditional water dependency on the Murray, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Lower Murray, said Minister Wong has been willing to lecture Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull on climate change, and that she had to show the same determination in dealing with her own side of politics on the issue of water.

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Greens urge Garrett to visit stricken Lakes

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has urged federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to visit her state’s stricken Lower Lakes before the parliamentary winter break, as Mr Garrett considers the construction of a proposed weir at Wellington.

“Minister Garrett must prioritise a visit to the lower Murray, Lakes and Coorong to witness first-hand the devastation facing the mouth of the Murray-Darling river system,” she said.

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Garrett dodges environmental impact of Lakes regulators

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Federal Government is making a disastrous mistake in approving the construction of regulators around the Goolwa Channel without conducting an Environmental Impact Statement.

It was announced today by Environment Minister Peter Garrett that “emergency action” would proceed to construct the regulators within the Goolwa Channel near Clayton and in the mouths of the Finniss River and Currency Creek.

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Garrett’s silence on lower lakes flooding speaks volumes

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on Environment Minister Peter Garrett to be upfront with South Australians as to his decision on flooding the Lower Lakes with salt water.

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBCA) the Environment Minister had twenty working days to respond to the South Australian Government's request for approval of removing the barrages and letting salt water into the Lower Lakes. These twenty working days expired on December 31 2008.

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