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Wong fails water leadership test

The Australian Greens have urged Water Minister Penny Wong to rise above parochial politics and live up to her role of leading the nation on water policy, saying the House of Representatives should accept the amendments passed by the Senate today.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she was surprised to find Minister Wong had been playing off South Australian towns against other communities further upstream on water security in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Saltwater flooding of Lakes a disaster, not a strategy

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the agreement by state and federal water ministers today to flood the Murray’s lower lakes with seawater in a worst-case scenario of low rainfall is an environmentally, socially and economically disastrous option that should not be considered.

Senator Hanson-Young said there were better options than saltwater flooding that could be taken to rescue the Lower Lakes.

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Greens lead river rally for all water users

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today told a rally of hundreds of concerned South Australians that “business as usual” for the River Murray has to change for the survival of river communities, as well as the river itself.

“We are all legitimate water users,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“It’s time we started sharing what water we do have more fairly – and that includes giving the river its fair share.

“Eighty per cent of the Murray-Darling Basin’s iconic wetlands have already faded into history.

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Matter of Public Importance: Saltwater Flooding of the Murray's Lower Lakes

This is the fourth time, in my three short weeks here as a Senator, that I have risen to speak about the plight of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Greens have been at the forefront of calls for immediate Government action for years.  We have been campaigning for freshwater flows for the lower lakes and the Coorong, and for the Government to prioritise the environmental needs of the lower stretches of the Murray.

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Take Note: Saltwater Flooding of the Murray's Lower Lakes

I rise to take note of answers in response to questions on the Murray provided by the Minister representing the Minister for Water, Senator Faulkner.

The Lower Lakes and Coorong are in desperate need to find new sources of water as soon as possible, and freshwater flows must be restored by summer if the lower reaches of the Murray have any hope of being rescued.

Despite the common myth that saltwater was flowing freely throughout the lakes before the barrages were implemented 70 years ago, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert were predominantly freshwater. 

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Government must assess saltwater flooding risk

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has urged the Minister for Water to commission a risk assessment into the potential devastating ecological effects of flooding the Murray’s lower lakes.

“In light of the revelation in today’s Question Time that no risk assessment has been commissioned by the Minister to date, we await an official response as to whether she will do so before the disastrous option of saltwater flooding is taken,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

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Inquiry’s first day “illuminating” for SA water crisis

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the first day of the Murray Senate Inquiry’s hearings has been “illuminating”, with the CSIRO recommending that Adelaide reduce its dependence on the Murray.

“This is only the first day of hearings for this Senate Inquiry, and already the Greens’ efforts to get the Inquiry happening have been justified,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“I was flabbergasted to learn that the Water Minister and her department hadn’t even consulted Australia’s leading scientific organisation, the CSIRO, on this issue.

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Give it some teeth: Greens call for truly independent water authority

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has said there
must be a truly independent water authority for the Murray-Darling to
have a chance at being restored.

“Under the current model, State Premiers can veto the decisions of this supposed ‘authority’,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“Unless we have a genuinely independent national water authority,
that actually has teeth to enforce its rulings, the river will die.

“The present situation is a mess of bureaucracy and buck-passing.

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Greens’ plan for urgent action on Adelaide’s water

While launching the Greens’ urban water plan today, the party’s SA
Senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young has called on politicians of all
parties to address Adelaide’s water crisis.

“Years of inaction and buck passing has resulted in Adelaide now facing a water emergency,” said Ms Hanson-Young.

“With the impact of climate change predicted to have a devastating
effect on rainfall and evaporation, it is more important than ever to
reduce urban water use.

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