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Govt’s native fish plan akin to shuffling deck chairs on Titanic

The Government’s “native fish plan” is akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, the Greens say.

Greens Spokesperson for Water Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: “Our nation’s biggest river system is in environmental collapse and farming communities are suffering because the Government has mismanaged the Basin and let greedy corporate irrigators to take too much water.

“The Water Minister’s claim the Government is “doing all (they) can until it rains” is simply false.

“Praying for rain is not a drought policy or a plan to save the River.

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Public-funded private dams prove corporate corruption killing Murray-Darling

Research released today by The Australia Institute showing taxpayers are funding private dams for big business, further proves corporate corruption is killing the Murray Darling Basin and inflicting further suffering on farming communities, the Greens say.

“Corporate irrigators are ripping off the River, ripping off their neighbours and ripping off the taxpayer,” Greens Spokesperson for Water Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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SA Govt Murray RC response is a defence of Barnaby Joyce, and sells out the River

The South Australian Government has ignored the most damning elements of the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission in its response finally released yesterday, the Greens say.

“After nine months, the South Australian Government’s response to the SA Royal Commission is a complete cop-out,” Greens Spokesperson for Water and Senator for SA, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“This response from the SA Water Minister says very little and shows a complete disregard for the scientific warnings over the health of the River.

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Govt opposes Commission of Inquiry Bill, failing Murray-Darling once

The Government has again failed family farms and River communities by opposing a bill to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin, the Greens say.

The majority report of the Government-led Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee tabled today, claims a Commission of Inquiry would cover little new ground despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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Water and Enviro Ministers put up white flag on Murray-Darling crisis

The Federal Government has put up the white flag on the Murray Darling Basin crisis, the Greens say.

“The Coalition has had six years in government and instead of implementing the Murray Darling Basin Plan to ensure it’s managed in the worst times, it’s completely messed it up,” Greens spokesperson for Water Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Water Minister claims he can’t make it rain therefore he can’t do anything to help.

“The Environment Minister says she can’t do anything to look after the environment.

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Littleproud out of touch on Murray Darling

Federal Water Minister David Littleproud is completely out of touch if he believes his claims on ABC Radio this morning that the only problem with the Murray Darling Basin is a lack of water due to drought, the Greens say.


Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Minister is shirking responsibility by claiming that unless it rains, there’s no water to share.


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Murray-Darling in the spotlight as Parliament set to debate Royal Commission

The debate on establishing a Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling will begin today in the Senate, with a Greens Bill to establish a commission of inquiry.


“This Parliament has a chance to get to the bottom of the Murray-Darling’s woes and ensure those responsible for its ill-health are held to account,” Greens water spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.


“Like the Banking Royal Commission, the Senate’s support for a bill to establish a commission is an essential step in cleaning up the management of the Murray-Darling and stopping the rorts. 


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