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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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Ministerial Council sells out South Australia and fails the River

South Australia has been sold out and the Murray has been failed following the Ministerial Council’s decision to crabwalk away from the Murray Darling Basin Plan today, The Australian Greens say.

“Today’s decision by the Water Ministerial Council is a blow to South Australia and the survival of the River. The Turnbull Government and upstream states are crab-walking away from the objective of the Murray Darling Basin Plan – to save the River,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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SA Water minister must stand up for our state and the River

Australian Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has written to South Australian Water Minister David Speirs urging him to fight for the delivery of 450GL of water to the river system at the upcoming Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting in Canberra.

“Like so many other South Australians, I urge the State Government to fight for SA and fight for the River. It is up to the Minister to ensure the River is not short-changed on vital environmental flows,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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SA Government must stand up for the bottom end of the river

The Australian Greens are urging the SA Government to stand up for the Murray and challenge New South Wales’ latest water grab on behalf of big cotton.
 
“The New South Wales Liberal National Government continues to sit on its hands while cashed up irrigators disregard and undermine the Murray Darling Basin Plan. If any other state behaved in this way, New South Wales would be hitting the nuclear button on the Plan entirely,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 
 
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Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM announced as the Australian Greens candidate for Mayo

The Australian Greens are thrilled to announce Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM, Ngarrindjeri elder, will contest the seat of Mayo in the upcoming by-election.

The Greens’ campaign will focus on putting people and the environment back at the centre of decision-making, including saving the Murray, protecting the Great Australian Bight, while fighting to address inequality and for more Aboriginal representation in the federal parliament.

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The Greens are the last line of defence for a healthy river system

Following yesterday’s disallowance vote in the Senate, where Labor and Liberal teamed up to cut 605 billion litres of water from the environment, the Government is today rushing further cuts to the River through Parliament. The 70 billion litres previously saved for the environment are now being put back on the table.

In fighting this backflip, the Australian Greens will also move to legislate the delivery of the 450 billion litres of water promised to South Australia to strengthen the health of the Murray.

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Labor teams up with Turnbull to sell out environment, river and South Australia

This is worse than a shocking deal from the Labor Party and the Turnbull Government. It’s a heartbreaking one.

They have teamed up together to put the entire health of the Murray Darling Basin at risk.

The Coorong and SA’s lower lakes are dying. Our river system needs more water, not less.

But instead of delivering more water for the Murray, Labor has teamed up with the Turnbull Government to reduce the amount of water returned to the environment.

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