Water and 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 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 support the National Water Commission as an independent authority to oversee this process, and want to see all of their functions maintained. This includes the important work they have been carrying out in assessing the National Water Initiative, in particular on water reform related to mining. The Commission has been a strong voice for the protection of water from mining related activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 Feb 2011
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.