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National Party will kill the River Murray

National Party Minister David Littleproud has claimed the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is dead, again proving the Morrison-Joyce Government will kill Australia's biggest river system.

The National Party recklessly took water buybacks off the table in 2020, despite the scheme being crucial to restoring water flows to the river and delivering 450GL promised to South Australia.  

Labor has declared it is committed to the Plan but not to buybacks, without which, SA will be left high and dry.

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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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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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Basin Plan too important to get wrong

With the nation’s most important river system on the line, it is crucial that we get the Murray Darling Basin Plan right and therefore more needs to be done to strengthen the environmental protections of the Water Act, the Australian Greens said today.

 “I will be moving to amend the Water Act tomorrow to create the environmental protections that are lacking from the current Basin Plan, and that the river so desperately needs to survive,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Basin Plan will lead to river devastation

The Australian Greens will be moving to improve the inadequate Plan that was revealed by Tony Burke today.

 “This is a Plan for big irrigators and not the environment,” the Greens Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It is disappointing that the Government has decided to do a deal with the Coalition and upstream irrigators rather than taking the opportunity to work with the Greens and save the river from environmental collapse.

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Barnaby Joyce poses a real danger to river plan

The Greens have said today that Barnaby Joyce is a danger to the river and the Government is at real risk of locking in environmental failure if it weakens the Murray Darling Basin Plan at the demand of the Coalition.

“Barnaby Joyce is hoping to make a deal with the Government that would line the pockets of big irrigators while condemning the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth to environmental failure,” Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Murray Darling Basin Plan still falls short, despite Government’s hype

The Australian Greens are urging people to listen to the experts and see through the Government’s spin on the recently announced changes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

 “The Federal Government’s fudging of the figures when it comes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan is being laid bare for all to see,” the Greens’ Murray Darling spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor celebrates a Basin Plan that fails our Murray

The Australian Greens are calling for more urgent work to be done on the Basin Plan as the Prime Minister, Environment Minister and SA Premier celebrate a Basin Plan which still starts at 2750GL and won’t keep the Basin healthy.

 “We shouldn’t be setting a limit on what we can do to save the river when it will guarantee environmental failure,” said Greens’ Water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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More modelling needed from MDBA

Today’s modelling released by the Murray Darling Basin Authority has shown that the earlier figure of 2750GL/y was unacceptable, highlighting the fact that more needs to be done before a Plan can be agreed to, according to the Australian Greens.

 “The MDBA’s analysis of a 3200GL/y environmental return shows that the much touted earlier figure of 2750GL/y was inadequate and that further scientific study must be carried out,” Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling Basin, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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