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.
26 Oct 2007
In but a few peoples calendars it seems are the words "National Water Week." Events such as these are often overlooked by the general public, but they can have huge impact in raising awareness around issues that affect us all. National Water Week is upon us, and we need to take heed of a very important message - water is the key to our survival.
Unfortunately it seems that national water week won't end with a bang ... but with a trickle.
The Water Services Association of Australia predicts that by 2030, if no conservation measures are taken and climate change and population growth continue as forecast, Australia's largest cities will be consuming 854 gigalitres more water than they use now - nearly double the water than the city of Melbourne uses in a year. This will be at the expense of our environment, rivers and agricultural production.
24 Oct 2007
To mark the importance of National Water Week, the Greens are calling for urgent action on effective planning of water efficiency, conservation and control.
10 Oct 2007
The crisis facing the Murray Darling Basin has probably no more appropriate place to talk about it than Adelaide, given that Adelaide is at the end of the system and is obviously suffering the brunt of the crisis facing the Murray.
10 Oct 2007
"If the current drought continues we will be caught unprepared," said Senator Rachel Siewert in Adelaide today.
"Our current water management strategy in the Murray Darling Basin has been to run down all the storages in the belief that a break in the drought is imminent."
28 Sep 2007
The big problem with the latest drought assistance package is that it lacks vision.
What we really need is a strategy to make the transition to a productive and sustainable agriculture in a changing and uncertain climate.
This means we need a better idea of what the projected impacts are for our agricultural regions and what the options are for improving the resilience of our farming systems and safely managing the risk of our farm enterprises.
The Coalition's latest ad hoc assistance package only seems to offer two choices - money to hang on and pray for rain, or money to get out while the getting is good.
17 Aug 2007
The issue of the management of Australia's shared water resources is one of the utmost importance.
16 Aug 2007
The Greens have made additional comments to this report by the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. While we do not disagree with the majority report-in fact, we agree with it-we do not believe that the recommendations go far enough.
16 Aug 2007
The Australian Greens have condemned the proposed Traveston dam as a complete disaster and say it should be dropped immediately.
"The economic, social and environmental evidence to the Senate Inquiry was damning, said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"It clearly shows the dam simply should not be built."
14 Aug 2007
"The Water Bill won't save the Murray Darling system unless key amendments are made," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
The Australian Greens tabled a minority report this evening on the Senate Inquiry into the Water Bill 2007, which was conducted over a single day last Friday.
25 Jun 2007
"The failure of the Howard Government to deliver on its responsibilities to protect Ramsar wetlands at Macquarie Marshes highlights its lack of capacity to take over the nation's water resources," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.