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Bureau of Meteorology in the dark on water plan

"Evidence emerged yesterday that yet another government agency was dropped in it by the lack of consultation and attention to detail of the PM's water plan," said Senator Siewert today.

Senate Estimates revealed late yesterday evening that the Bureau of Meteorology was not consulted about the tasks assigned to it in the PM's National Plan for Water Security.

"This is a new role but they were not asked what was needed to develop this capacity."

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Farm Household Support

The Greens are supportive of the Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2007.

However, it raises a number of issues that we think are important and need to be given an airing and discussed. Drought, we know, has a devastating impact on the agricultural community-on farms themselves, on farmers and on their families. Senator O'Brien has mentioned the impact on mental health. Drought also has an impact on small businesses, on businesses within the agricultural community, on towns, on the health of towns and on the environment and natural resource management.

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Government still paralysed on climate change

I thank senators for their contributions to this very important debate. I admit I have been disappointed with the government representatives' input into the debate. It appears from Senator McGauran's input today that he did not listen to the first part of the debate yesterday-and I will come back to that in a minute. But it also appears that the government does not want to support this because there is only so much time and there are only so many resources to deal with things-implying there were not enough resources for the committee to examine this.

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