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Government needs to take Water Initiative

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 5 Jun 2006

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today welcomed new research released by the CSIRO and Monash University on Australia's pending water crisis.

"Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and World Environment Day is a timely reminder for the Howard Government that water is Australia's most precious resource. How we allocate and use water is one of the most significant issues we face," said Senator Siewert

The Australian Greens have consistently raised the need for action to address water policy in Australia in the same way the government needs to take action in addressing climate change. 

"It is not possible to look at water and climate change in isolation.  We acknowledge that in the future Australians may need to pay more for water – just how much more rests entirely on the action the government takes now," said Senator Siewert.

Issues such as recycling, reusing waste water and storm water recapture will all help bolster the water available, but it won't be enough. 

"We need to take action now to ensure our needs are protected, as well as the environmental flows so necessary to sustain healthy river systems."

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