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Barnaby can’t do his job – the Senate should not do his bidding

The Australian Greens will tomorrow ask the senate to block all business relating to Barnaby Joyce’s ministerial duties until he is replaced as Water Minister, following his repeated failure to act on restoring integrity to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“Barnaby Joyce has time and again brushed off serious allegations of corruption and water theft relating to the Murray Darling Basin. We know this issue is widespread and needs immediate action, but we have a minister who is unable and ineligible to do so,” Greens Murray Darling spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Murray Darling Basin Plan abusers ripping off South Australians, senate inquiry needed

Shocking allegations of meter tampering and water theft to bolster corporate profits from the Murray Darling system must be investigated, the Australian Greens say.

“As a South Australian, I’m disgusted that rich corporate cotton growers upstream have taken water that was meant for the environmental survival of the Murray Darling. This plan cost $13 billion in taxpayer money, and years to establish only to be put at risk.

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We must act on fundamental flaws to Murray Darling Basin Plan for river to flourish

The Murray Darling Basin Plan has been fundamentally flawed from the beginning and needs to be fixed, the Australian Greens have said in response to the ANU’s Water Reform and Planning in the Murray-Darling Basin report.

“It’s time to repair the Murray Darling Basin Plan and get it right once and for all,” Greens Water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Xenophon sells SA short in water negotiations

The Nick Xenophon Team cannot be trusted to stand up for South Australia, the Australian Greens have said, after it was revealed that Senator Xenophon has removed his demand for additional environmental water in negotiations with the government on the ABCC Bill.

“Nick Xenophon has just sold South Australia down the river,” South Australian Senator and Greens’ water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“He’s letting South Australia and the River Murray down, just so he can cosy up to the Coalition and help them to rip rights away from hard working Australians.

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Barnaby needs to put his mouth where the Murray is

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has challenged Barnaby Joyce to a public debate in Adelaide on the health of the Murray River.

“It’s time Barnaby came to Adelaide and defended his appalling attempts to sell South Australia short,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“Refusing to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan in full, including the additional 450 Gigalitres of environmental water, will put our precious Murray River at risk.

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South Australia dudded by Barnaby Joyce and MDBA

The Murray Darling Basin Authority’s attempt to increase irrigation limits in the northern basin will reduce the already insufficient amount of water heading downstream to South Australia, the Australian Greens have said.

“This is extremely concerning,” the Green’s water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“There is a critical lack of leadership in this discussion right now. First it was Barnaby Joyce and now it’s the MDBA selling South Australia short.

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Barnaby’s dam crazy

Giving Barnaby Joyce the keys to a multi-million dollar water slush fund is a recipe for disaster, the Australian Greens have said.

“Letting Barnaby Joyce loose across Northern Australia with his very own pork barrelling fund is dangerous,” the Greens’ water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Nationals have a questionable environmental record and spending $440 million on Barnaby’s boondoggle is a recipe for disaster.

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South Australia to be devastated by Coalition water reshuffle

With the nation's water supply now in the hands of the National's Agriculture Minister from, South Australia and the crucial Murray River will be severely neglected, the Australian Greens have said.

"Barnaby Joyce's policies in this area are scary. He once told everyone in South Australia to move to where the water is," South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Country South Aussies let down by budget

The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on country South Australians, say Australian Greens Senators Sarah Hanson Young and Penny Wright.

"Labor has spent more time listening to mining companies, the big banks and their factions than the people in rural and regional communities," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stood up for regional South Australia during the Murray Darling Basin debate while our colleagues in the old parties and those upstream tried to sell us down the river.

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