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Parliament House fails its own new water efficiency guidelines

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Rachel Siewert 6 Nov 2006

"Parliament House is failing to make any headway on water and energy efficiency, but it still seems keen to tell individuals and businesses how they could do better," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The release of DEH's Water Efficiency Guide: Office and Public Buildings comes hot on the heels of revelations at Senate Estimates proving that Parliament House now uses more water and electricity than ever.

"Minister Campbell should consider practicing what he preaches."

"There are no dual flush loos in the House on the Hill, the lawns are an embarrassingly lush green, lights are left on all night in empty offices and the air con is often so high that I need a jacket in summer," she said.

"Parliament House should be leading the way with its own in-house water recycling scheme and cutting edge efficiency measures."

"Right now the only thing it is recycling is the same battered clichés."

"They should replace the flagpole with a massive wind turbine, that would be a more meaningful symbol for 21st century Australia," she said.

"The Minister may have released the report at 5pm on a Friday in an effort to bury it, but this issue simply isn't going away," concluded Senator Siewert.

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