Water & Murray Darling Basin

We know how crucial the Murray Darling Basin is for Australia’s food production and economy. We support reforms that will keep the system healthy all the way up from the Murray Mouth, wind back the over-allocation of water and restore precious ecosystems so they can keep sustaining Australia. 

The Greens want to see reforms that will return enough water to flush the pollutants out of the system each year and improve South Australia’s usable water stocks. They should also assist all Basin communities to build their jobs and economies and restore our internationally recognised wetlands and productive agricultural areas to good health. We recognise that this is one of the key reforms facing Australia over the next decade and we have to get it right. 

We believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must have the opportunity to participate in water catchment planning and management, and there should be no new large-scale dams on Australian rivers.

media-releases

Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

08 Nov 2011

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

estimates

Drought Reform Measures - WA Pilot

23 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript
Senator SIEWERT:  I want to ask about the reform process and the extra money you have been given. As I understand it, you have got $5.8 million for implementing the reform process. You are going to undertake a number of initiatives. Can you explain what the process is from here and how the resources are being allocated.

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript


Senator SIEWERT:  I want to ask about the reform process and the extra money you have been given. As I understand it, you have got $5.8 million for implementing the reform process. You are going to undertake a number of initiatives. Can you explain what the process is from here and how the resources are being allocated.

estimates

Drought Review Process

23 May 2011

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011 - Full Transcripts
Senator SIEWERT:  Firstly, can we go through where we are up to with the drought review process and how any future process for drought and exceptional circumstances now ties in with the pilot in WA now that has been extended.

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates  MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011 - Full Transcripts


Senator SIEWERT:  Firstly, can we go through where we are up to with the drought review process and how any future process for drought and exceptional circumstances now ties in with the pilot in WA now that has been extended.

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Tillegra Dam (Question No. 221)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 26 November 2010:(1) Is the Minister aware of the proposal for the Tillegra Dam, north of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 26 November 2010:
(1) Is the Minister aware of the proposal for the Tillegra Dam, north of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

estimates

National Water Commission

22 Feb 2011

Environment and Communications - 22 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—I have some questions that I think might belong here rather than with the commission, so I will try them out. I am interested in the future role of the National Water Commission. I understand that the commission’s term is up fairly shortly; is that correct?

Environment and Communications - 22 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I have some questions that I think might belong here rather than with the commission, so I will try them out. I am interested in the future role of the National Water Commission. I understand that the commission’s term is up fairly shortly; is that correct?

media-releases

Senate recognises human toll of poor sanitation

18 Nov 2010

The Senate has formally recognised tomorrow, 19 November as World Toilet Day, helping to raise awareness of the fact that 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation.

The Senate has formally recognised tomorrow, 19 November as World Toilet Day, helping to raise awareness of the fact that 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation.

media-releases

Greens plan for national water efficiency standards

19 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens will move to introduce national mandatory water efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings in the Senate after the federal election.

The Australian Greens will move to introduce national mandatory water efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings in the Senate after the federal election.

media-releases

Greens: Australia must not block UN water resolution

23 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to change its stance and to support a draft UN resolution on the Human Right for Water and Sanitation.Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Water, says Australia needs to show international leadership and defend the basic rights of disadvantaged people across the world.

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to change its stance and to support a draft UN resolution on the Human Right for Water and Sanitation.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Water, says Australia needs to show international leadership and defend the basic rights of disadvantaged people across the world.

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Northern Australia

24 Feb 2010

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

media-releases

Greens Challenge Government over Northern Australia

08 Feb 2010

The Australian Greens have challenged the Government to commit to implementing the vision outlined in the Sustainable development in northern Australia report released today.
The Australian Greens congratulate the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce on their Sustainable Development in Northern Australia report, saying it provides a vision for sustainable development of northern Australia based on mutual respect, respect for indigenous peoples of the north and the environment.
"This report clearly demonstrates that there are significant constraints to development of Northern Australia," said Greens Water Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens have challenged the Government to commit to implementing the vision outlined in the Sustainable development in northern Australia report released today.


The Australian Greens congratulate the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce on their Sustainable Development in Northern Australia report, saying it provides a vision for sustainable development of northern Australia based on mutual respect, respect for indigenous peoples of the north and the environment.


"This report clearly demonstrates that there are significant constraints to development of Northern Australia," said Greens Water Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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