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Water Bill still needs work: Greens

The Australian Greens today expressed concern about the Government's Commonwealth Water Act, saying there is a need for further work in the detail.

"The Greens are concerned that this legislation will not deliver the reform needed to solve the Murray-Darling water crisis," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Greens have outlined a number of serious shortcomings, including:

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Garrett should not have approved pipeline: Greens

The approval of the Sugarloaf Pipeline by Environment Minister Peter Garrett is a serious error which has major consequences for the water security of the threatened communities and environments of the Murray Darling Basin, say the Australian Greens.

"With the Murray River now facing an environmental crisis on a scale never seen before by our nation, I am appalled that Peter Garrett could think it was OK to approve a project that dramatically increases the amount of water extracted from the system," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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First Home Owners Grant too blunt a tool to boost housing supply - Greens

Rachel Siewert 17 Jun 2008

The Australian Greens are urging caution in the face of calls to boost the level of funding offered under the first home owners grant scheme for new home buyers and less funds for those buying established homes.

"This is not the way to go if we wish to increase the number of families who can own their own home without pushing up prices in an already overheated housing market," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Swan sets the foundation, but we're still waiting for the roof

Yesterday's budget was a step in the right direction towards solving our housing crisis, but we still have a long way to go, according to the Australian Greens.

"The Rudd Government has set down a good foundation by addressing some of the long term problems associated with the current housing crisis. I was pleased to see the necessary changes made to the Government's contribution to the First Home Savers accounts, addressing the inequality issues that previously existed."

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New report reveals shocking truth about Indigenous housing conditions

A new report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has highlighted grave concerns about the housing conditions affecting Indigenous Australians.

"The inequality experienced by Indigenous Australians is a national disgrace, and adequate housing should be top of the list of priorities," said Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Affordable housing initiatives miss the mark

Rachel Siewert 8 Apr 2008

Current Federal initiatives to address housing affordability are unlikely to make a difference for those most in need, and may act to increase pressure on the housing market, according to Greens housing spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"These initiatives simply don't go far enough," said Senator Siewert, at the Senate Affordable Housing inquiry in Perth today.

"We need to be looking at new types of tenure arrangements and reviewing current taxation measures if we really want to turn around this housing affordability crisis."

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Housing affordability crisis undermining the future of northwest communities

"The lack of affordability of housing in our regional centres is driving a social crisis that is undermining the viability of our regional communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

Today the Senate inquiry into Affordable Housing is visiting Karratha - one of a number of regional centres where sky-rocketing rents are undermining social services and forcing retirees to move away from town.

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