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Costello lets the cat out of the bag on water

Rachel Siewert 5 Feb 2007

"Treasurer Peter Costello has let the cat out of the bag on the real strategy behind the PM's water plan," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The fact that the whole $10 Billion plan was contingent on the Premier's signing away State rights was always Howard's key wedge, but the unspoken subtext was that the States wouldn't sign on and the money would never need to be spent," she said.

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Rann is on the right track on water

Rachel Siewert 1 Feb 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert today welcomed calls by SA Premier Mike Rann for an independent authority to manage water reform in the Murray Darling Basin.

"A truly independent decision-making body free from political interference is the key to achieving effective water reform and delivering long-term water security," said Senator Siewert.

The Greens have been calling for the establishment of such an independent authority since last year. Premier Rann's comments echo the model being proposed by SA water expert Wentworth group scientist Professor Mike Young.

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Resources boom rips off Aboriginal people

Rachel Siewert 31 Jan 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert has demanded to know how the Government and industry intend to respond to the findings of a Griffith University study showing that half the Indigenous Land Use Agreements signed in the last five years were 'basket cases'.

"Every day we hear in euphoric terms how the resources boom is generating the greatest explosion of wealth the country has ever seen, yet many of the people living under its shadow continue to live in third world conditions," said Senator Siewert today.

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Beattie's water recycling decision was inevitable

Rachel Siewert 29 Jan 2007

"Premier Beattie has made the only sensible decision that he could under the circumstances," Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on water, said today.

"A vote on water recycling at this stage would have only reflected the strength of the political campaigns on either side of the issue. It would not have been decided on the science and need for water recycling," said Senator Siewert.

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Australia Day 2007

Rachel Siewert 26 Jan 2007

The values that John Howard proclaims as uniquely Australian – tolerance, respect for diversity and the right to a fair go – are values common to all humankind.

Australia Day 2007 is a good time to reflect on this tradition of tolerance that has stayed strong despite ten years of both major parties flirting with the politics of xenophobia.

"The Greens believe that half a century of multiculturalism is precisely the reason why the country has developed a strong culture of tolerance and respect for diversity," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Independent authority needed for water reform

Rachel Siewert 24 Jan 2007

The Greens are calling on the new Minister for Water, Malcolm Turnbull to set up an independent authority to oversee water resource reform in the Murray Darling Basin.

"A truly independent decision-making body free from political interference is the key to achieving effective water reform and delivering long-term water security," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

Senator Siewert welcomed Mr Turnbull's announcement that he intends to make water conservation a priority, but expressed concern that unless a new approach is taken his words will be empty rhetoric.

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Govt must show leadership at global tuna forum

Rachel Siewert 23 Jan 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert today renewed her call for the Federal Government to take a strong stance at this week's meeting of the joint tuna regional fisheries management organisations meeting in Kobe, Japan.

"Global and regional tuna stocks are under serious threat," said Senator Siewert.

"We urgently need to see better management in our regional tuna fisheries, that reduces by-catch and enforces precautionary catch limits to ensure the recovery and long-term survival of the species," said Senator Siewert.

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Rudd must deliver States for water reform

Rachel Siewert 22 Jan 2007

"We won't get true water reform until both State and Federal governments stop making short-term political decisions on water and face the fact that desperately hard decisions are needed in the face of the impacts of a drying environment and climate change," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The last Water Summit was a joke. A few hours were spent on Melbourne Cup day hosing down public concerns, but no serious long-term commitments were made and no real outcomes have been delivered to date," she said.

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Radiation safety fell off the back of a truck

Rachel Siewert 17 Jan 2007

The recovery of a radoactive cannister by the side of the road just outside Badgingarra is a warning sign for supporters of a greatly expanded nuclear industry in Western Australia, according to Senator Rachel Siewert.

The radioactive source lay by the side of the road for two months before it was discovered by a Main Roads crew on Tuesday, fortunately undamaged.

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Destruction of rock art to commence on the Burrup

Rachel Siewert 8 Jan 2007

"This Government and Woodside will go down in the history books as vandals for allowing the destruction of rock art on the Burrup", said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the news that Woodside is commencing initial site works on their Burrup Pluto site today."

"I can not believe that in this day and age our Governments think it is acceptable to destroy ancient rock art to allow development," said Senator Siewert.

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