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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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Senate agrees; Lake Eyre must be protected from the Newman Government

A Greens motion opposing the Newman Government’s plans to repeal Wild Rivers legislation has been supported by the Senate.

The Wild Rivers legislation in Queensland has helped to ensure the long term survival of rivers that feed into the Lake Eyre Basin in South Australia

“Repealing the legislation that protects these rivers in Queensland will have a devastating effect on South Australia’s Lake Eyre,” the Greens’ water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Dams not the answer to securing Australia’s environmental future

The Coalition’s leaked plan to build 100 dams across Australia is poorly thought through and environmentally reckless, the Australian Greens say.

“While the Greens are releasing considered, costed policies the Coalition are leaking crazy thought bubbles with $30b price tags that will devastate the environment,” the Greens water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“This is another crazy idea, courtesy of Barnaby Joyce, who is more interested in being anti-environmental than nation-building.

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Basin Plan, from river’s greatest hope to environmental risk

The current Murray Darling Basin Plan will not save our nation’s most important river system, despite the Government’s spin, the Australian Greens said today.

“The Government have done a dirty deal with the Coalition and now we’re left with a Plan that supports the big irrigators and not the environment,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “We must be clear, this Plan will not save the river and that is why Barnaby Joyce is so eager to support Tony Burke and his environmentally reckless package.

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