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Government Has To Stand By Murray-Darling Reforms

The Federal Government has to stand by the water reforms that authorities have identified as the minimum necessary to save the Murray-Darling Basin, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Murray-Darling Basin, says decades of over-allocation have made it necessary for everyone - particularly by the Federal Government - to show the will to achieve real water reform and return water to the river system.

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Opinion Editorial on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

South Australia and the whole Murray-Darling Basin have been waiting for a long time for action to tackle our water crisis. We now have an opportunity for reform - but we have to take it now.

There's no doubt that the proposed changes will not be easy to implement, but that is no reason to avoid the challenge. Everyone knows we have taken far too much water for far too long, and the river system has suffered as a result.

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Murray-Darling Plan Can't Be Allowed To Fail

The Murray-Darling Basin, governed by a truly independent authority, is our best chance to save the river system, and this reform can't be allowed to fail, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

 

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Murray-Darling Basin, says the figures set out in the guide released today by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority are based on the minimum levels that science tells us is needed to save the river system.

 

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Murray-Darling Basin's Future Is Too Important To Get Plan Wrong

The Australian Greens have called for a commitment from the Federal Government to stand by reform of the Murray-Darling Basin which deals with the realities of a drying climate, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on the Murray-Darling Basin, says reports of potential changes to water allocations in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan are welcome, although yet to be confirmed by the final plan.

"We've known for years that the system has been over-allocated, now it's time to get the balance right,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens Call For National Student Card

The Australian Greens have called for a proposal for a National Student Card to be put on the COAG agenda as a matter of urgency, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says it's important that the discrepancies between states and territories on tertiary student access to concession transport are ironed out as soon as possible.

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Greens launch $3.4m local green jobs boost for SA

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today joined the Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib in Melbourne for the national launch of the Local Jobs package, including more than $3.4 million in funding for five projects in South Australia.

The projects are part of the $360 million Local Jobs and community support components of the economic stimulus package, which were the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the stimulus through the Senate in February.

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Greens call for Australian Student Card to apply to all domestic, international students nationwide

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a nationwide Australian Student Card to be introduced, as the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students continues, and student groups prepare to rally at NSW State Parliament House this afternoon.

The Inquiry, established by Senator Hanson-Young in June and carried out by the Senate’s Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, holds a hearing in Sydney today. Senator Hanson-Young will also address the Fair Education: Justice for International Students rally when it reaches Parliament House.

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Greens propose Education Commission as international student senate inquiry holds hearings

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will raise the idea of an Education Commission at this week’s hearings for the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students.

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s inquiry into the welfare of international students, established by Senator Hanson-Young in May, will hold hearings in Melbourne tomorrow and Sydney on Wednesday.

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Greens to push for Senate Inquiry as student tensions build

The Greens say ongoing tensions in the community around the safety and welfare of international students necessitate a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s international education sector.

Protests by Indian students have continued for the past two nights in response to attacks on Indian students studying in Australia, while other reports say some international students may be facing deportation for entering the country on forged documents.

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