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Murray Darling Basin Authority report

Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne, and Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young held a press conference to respond to the Murray Darling Basin Authority report.

Please see the transcript of their statements below. The audio file provides the full audio with the questions and answers.


Christine Milne:                      

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Senator Christine Milne & Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Press Conference, July 8, 2012

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne and Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young held a press conference to discuss further developments in the Greens' proposals to save the lives of refugees and prevent them from taking the risky journey to Australia in dangerous boats.

The senators also addressed questions on statements in recent days by Sam Dastayari and Paul Howes.

The press conference was held outside the Australian Greens Special Policy Conference, where the party passed three proposals. The text of the proposals is below:


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Hanson-Young pre-selected as SA Greens’ lead candidate for Senate in 2013

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today been chosen as the Australian Greens' lead candidate for the South Australian in the 2013 election and will continue being a strong, progressive, local voice in the fight against the Abbott Coalition.

"I am humbled and honoured that my fellow Greens members have selected me as their lead candidate here today in Adelaide," Sen. Hanson-Young said.

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Senator Hanson-Young's Winter Newsletter 2012

So far it has been a busy year for the Australian Greens. We have seen the transition from the inspiring leadership of Bob Brown to inspirational Christine Milne, negotiated 165 million for dental health, and had a Senate Inquiry into my Marriage Equality (amendment) Bill 2010 strongly recommended that the legislation be passed into law, to name a few. To find out more and to catch up on what I have been up to this year in the Australian Senate, click on the attachment below.

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Cadell ferry decision shows community's power

The Australian Greens have welcomed the South Australian government's about turn to keep open the essential ferry service at Cadell.

"We're pleased the government finally recognised the importance of the ferry to Cadell and the Riverland community and decided against closing it," South Australian Greens' Senator and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"My office and those of my fellow SA Greens have received lots of correspondence from South Australians, especially those in the Riverland, urging we keep the ferry open.

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Senate approves motion ordering release of Basin Plan legal advice

The Senate has today passed a Greens' motion ordering the government to produce documents on the legal advice of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's plan to manage the river system.

"The Greens are continuing to fight for the Murray Darling in the parliament so Australians can see on what grounds the government is making its decisions about the plan," Greens' water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said.

"We are eager for the government to act on the Senate's decision.

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Greens urge SA govt to keep open Cadell ferry

The South Australian government should find ways to keep open the Cadell ferry over the River Murray because Riverland communities need infrastructure improvements not knockbacks, the Australian Greens said today.

"Adding 20km to a trip may seem insignificant to the Transport Department in Adelaide, but it's unfair for communities like Cadell which have battled the drought and need reliable services like the ferry," South Australian Greens' Senator and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Revised Murray Darling plan fails the river and ignores top scientists' advice

After 20 weeks of consultations and assurances it was listening to the community's views, the Murray Darling Basin Authority's revised draft plan is still flawed and still fails the river system, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australians who believed the Murray Darling Basin Authority were supposed to be coming up with a strategy to correct the over-allocation of water and return the river to health for the long-term will be extremely disappointed," Greens' water & Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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