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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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Scientists say Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan fails to cover next drought

Some of the country's top scientists have today told an inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan the plan won't cover future droughts and doesn't give South Australians water security, the Australian Greens said.

"The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists explained the current draft plan does nothing to help users prepare for the next drought," Greens' water & Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens' submission to Murray Darling Basin Authority calls for final plan to be legal and respectful of science

The Australian Greens have sent their submission to the Murray Darling Basin Authority, urging it ensure the final plan respects the best available science and is legal under the Water Act 2007.

"The draft plan fails the river and the community by ignoring the views of some of Australia's top scientists including the CSIRO, Goyder Institute and Wentworth Group," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Heed top scientists' advice and fix flawed Murray Darling draft plan

The Federal Government must heed the advice of Australia's top scientists if the plan to save the Murray Darling river system is to achieve its purpose and have longevity, the Australian Greens said today.

"Our top scientists are concerned about the negative consequences of extraordinary increases in groundwater extractions included in the draft plan, as are the Greens," Greens' water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens move to force govt to release legal advice on MDBA's draft plan

South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, has again showed how her party is standing up for the Murray by taking more steps to make the federal government reveal its legal advice about the basin authority's draft plan.

"I've now lodged a Freedom of Information request with the Murray Darling Basin Authority and Minister Burke's department and will next month move to have documents tabled in parliament," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said.

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Wentworth Group confirms draft plan's groundwater extractions bad for SA

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists' independent assessment of the implications of extra ground water extractions in the MDBA's flawed draft plan spells yet more bad news for South Australia, the Australian Greens said today.

"The current proposal fails to save the river and fails to protect SA from a new round of over allocations from upstream states through increased groundwater extractions," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"Unless this is changed, the river will die from the bottom up, starting with the closing of the Murray Mouth.

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