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Greens: Action is needed, before the Murray-Darling dies

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 10 Jul 2008

In a joint press conference today at Parliament House, Australian Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Sarah Hanson-Young renewed calls for urgent action on the Murray-Darling Basin.

"The figures released today in the Murray-Darling Basin Commission's Drought Update show the worst inflows on record for the river system. This clearly highlights the poor state of the Murray overall, and the need for urgent immediate action," said Senator Siewert.

"These figures come just days after the COAG meeting where the State and Commonwealth Governments failed to deliver any urgent response to the crisis."

"We must ask; did they see these drastic figures and yet still fail to act?"

"Did they not see the figures and if not, why not - the Commission must have known what the figures were. Either way, this shows a clear failure of proper management and a lack of much needed leadership and action," said Senator Siewert.

Senator Hanson-Young reiterated the need for urgent commitment of water to the Coorong and for urgent purchase of water.

"It is time for the South Australian Government to stop referring to this as a drought and start planning for the long term impact of climate change on the river and the state," said Senator Hanson-Young.

"This is a dire situation needing urgent action and no further delay," she concluded.

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