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Murray Darling Basin Authority’s draft plan not enough to save environment

The Australian Greens say they are extremely disappointed by the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan which appears to be repeating the mistakes of overlooking the environment's needs, fails to effectively tackle the problems of over-allocation and risks wasting billions of taxpayers' dollars.

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Australian Greens join calls for MDBA to let independent scientific panel see its numbers

The Australian Greens have backed the Australian Conservation Foundation's suggestion for an independent scientific panel to scrutinise the figures used in the Murray Darling Basin Authority's forthcoming draft plan.

"We are very concerned to learn from news reports that the draft plan will recommend 2,800 gigalitres be allocated to the environment each year," Greens' water and Murray Darling spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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Greens wary ahead of MDBA draft report

The Australian Greens say it appears the environment will again be the loser when the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan is finally released on November 28.

"I am very concerned by the Federal Water Minister's announcement yesterday that he's again changing the way diversion rates are calculated," Greens' spokesperson for water and the Murray-Darling Basin, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"Of course it's important to provide certainty, but the decision to use data that ends at 2003 is certain to cause significant problems down the track.

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Sarah addresses the national water leadership summit in Canberra

Sarah was a guest speaker at the Australian Water Assocation's 2nd annual national water leadership summit in Canberra this morning, 03/11/11.

She explained what the Greens are doing to ensure the future of water supplies in Australia, particularly the Murray-Darling basin system.

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Murray-Darling Draft Plan Misses The Mark - Greens

 The Australian Greens have joined ten of the nation's most influential environmental groups in condemning the proposal to reduce environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's draft plan.

"Any suggestion that 2,800GL of water is enough to save the river is absurd," said Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, the Greens' Water Spokesperson.

"We know that at  4,000GL to 7600 GL  is needed to save the environment. The Lower Lakes and Coorong in my home state of South Australia are particularly vulnerable."

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