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Greens refer National Party funding to Auditor-General

Greens environment and water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will today write to the Auditor-General to investigate reports of more scandal in the National Party.

 

“Reports that the National Party executive was paid $850,000 for drought-proofing that never eventuated are serious allegations. Today I will be referring this to the Auditor-General for investigation,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

 

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Nationals have failed farmers and the river

The Greens have welcomed the strong statement from former environmental water holder David Papps on the incompetence of Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals.

 

“David Papps has belled the cat on the danger this Government is to the Murray Darling Basin and the environment,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“It’s clear the National’s goal is to strip water off the environment and the Greens will stand up and stop them. 

 

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Greens will fight Leigh Creek UCG project

Leigh Creek is facing an environmental and public health disaster following an irresponsible State Liberal Government decision to allow dangerous underground coal gasification to go ahead in the north of South Australia.

 

“Underground coal gasification puts people’s lives at risk, and does immeasurable damage to the environment. The Greens will fight in Canberra to stop the Leigh Creek project and the harmful practice,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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PC draft report shows Murray Darling Basin Plan is doomed

The Greens are calling on the National Party to lose the Water Ministry following the release of the Productivity Commission’s damning draft report into the failed management and implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

 

“The Productivity Commission has belled the cat on the lack of faith the community has in the Government’s commitment to save the river,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“The Nationals must be stripped of the water portfolio to get the river’s management back on track.

 

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Stand aside, Littleproud

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The Australian Greens are calling on Water Minister David Littleproud to stand aside after fraud charges were laid against his wife’s second-cousin John Norman, who for seven years of ripped off river communities and the taxpayer.

 

“Now that charges have been laid, the Water Minister should step aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest. This water thief has stolen water, defrauded the taxpayer and must front the full force of the law,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Barnaby Joyce should look to Cubbie Station for water

Barnaby Joyce’s first act as drought envoy is to attempt to tear apart the basis of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the Greens say.

 

“Barnaby Joyce has used his first day on the job to go back to his old tricks – trying to rip water off of the environment,” Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“Barnaby Joyce should be turning to his corporate irrigator mates like Cubbie Station, who have been taking more than their share for too long while their neighbours suffer through this drought.

 

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Greens announce new Senate portfolios

The Australian Greens today announced portfolio allocations for their Senators and MPs ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale said a reallocation had occurred as a result of Mehreen Faruqi’s arrival in the Senate yesterday and Larissa Water’s imminent return.

“We’ve got to hold the big parties to account – and the Australian Greens Senate team will fight for the causes that matter to our community,” Dr Di Natale said.

“This new allocation of portfolios will make the most of each of our Senator’s strengths and passions."

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Senate condemns Turnbull Government for hiding from SA Royal Commission

The Senate has today has supported a Greens motion condemning the Government for hiding from the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission.

“Our river is on life support and our government is in witness protection,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Senate has sent a clear message to this government: this isn’t good enough. Give the people of South Australia the respect they deserve and stop hiding, show up and tell the truth.

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Environment must be prioritised in MDBP

The passage of the Water Amendment Bill before the Senate tonight may be unlawful and could risk a High Court challenge, according to the SA Royal Commissioner investigating the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“This is a bad piece of legislation that will set the Murray Darling Basin Plan backwards. It is in direct contradiction to the purpose of the Plan, which was to ensure the environment got the water it needed for the river system to survive,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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