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Greens to send Murray Darling Basin draft plan to Senate inquiry

 

The Greens have today announced they will move for a Senate inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan when Parliament resumes next week so parliamentarians can scrutinise what is being proposed.

 

"We want an answer to the basic question why did the MDBA choose 2,750 GL when the science says the river system needs at least 4,000 GL," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The basin authority has yet to justify that figure.

 

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Greens urge govt to release legal advice on Murray Darling draft plan compliance with Water Act

The Australian Greens have today called on the Gillard government to release legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act.

"As the MDBA head today confirmed in a Senate estimates committee hearing that legal advice was done, now is the time for the government to let Australians see it," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"They clearly have the legal advice on the draft plan, despite last week declining to release it when I questioned the government about its existence.

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Govt can’t say if Murray Darling draft plan complies with Commonwealth Water Act

The Gillard government is unable to say if it has sought independent legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"The government obtained legal advice for the 2010 guide to the draft plan, but today could not say if it has done so for the draft released three months ago," Greens' Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"We are concerned by that omission, given that $9 billion of taxpayers' money is at stake.

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Murray Darling draft plan will fail the river at great expense unless fixed

The scientific concerns over the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan show problems with the blueprint which won't go away until it is vastly improved, the Australian Greens said today following comments by Tony Windsor.

"It's not simply a matter of state, territory and commonwealth relations, it's the draft plan itself and its lack of environmental credibility," Greens' Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Govt should heed Wentworth Group on Murray Darling draft plan

 

The Gillard government should heed the advice of the Wentworth Group's report into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan and commit to having the flawed science corrected. The government must ensure the parliament is given a legal and credible plan that will deliver a healthy, working river and is environmentally sound, the Australian Greens said today.

 

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The Murray-Darling Basin Plan must provide for the future, not set us up for failure:

On Monday 28 November the Murray Darling Basin Authority released a Draft Plan for winding back the over-allocation of water and restoring precious ecosystems so they can keep sustaining Australia. But the Draft Plan is a huge disappointment - it won't return enough water to save the system which means it risks wasting nearly $10 billion of public funds.

 

The 20-week community consultation process will go until April 2012.

You can have your say during the MDBA consultation.

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The Murray-Darling Basin Plan must provide for the future

On Monday, the Murray Darling Basin Authority released a Draft Plan to restore some of Australia’s most important rivers to full health. But the Draft Plan won't return enough water to save the system, which means it risks wasting nearly $10 billion of taxpayers’ money while Basin communities and precious ecosystems struggle to survive.

We only have a small window to change the Plan. Starting now, Australians need to tell the Authority what we think about the future of our food bowl.

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Science behind basin plan already flawed

The CSIRO's assessment of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan backs up what the Australian Greens have been saying all along, by showing water and ecology targets will not be met without greater volumes being allocated to the environment.

"The science was made to fit around the figure of 2,800 GL, which was then cut by another 50 GL in the actual draft plan," Greens' Murray Darling Basin and water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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