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Coorong Inquiry delivers much needed information and involvement: Greens

The Australian Greens today outlined the benefits of the Senate Inquiry into the Coorong and Lower Lakes, at the final hearing of its first stage in Canberra today.

"We need every level of Government to urgently refocus on saving the Murray-Darling Basin. This will require a comprehensive plan for reducing water use by half, whilst accelerating water buy-back and re-adjustment of river communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Murray Darling situation critical

The Australian Greens say a taskforce is needed to drive decisive action to save the Murray-Darling - as evidence in a Senate Inquiry today reveals that the prospects for the system are much worse than previously thought.

"We need every level of Government to urgently refocus on saving the Murray-Darling Basin. This will require a comprehensive plan for reducing water use by half, whilst accelerating water buy-back and re-adjustment of river communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"This needs to happen in two to three years, not ten."

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Toorale Station Purchase

It is not often that we actually congratulate the government, I will freely admit that it is not often, but this is an example of where we do congratulate them. We have very publicly said that we think that the purchase of Toorale was a very important contribution.

Senator Chris Evans-What have you been smoking?

Senator SIEWERT-I did so publicly, Senator Evans. Mea culpa, I am on record saying that we congratulate the government and they have done a good job in purchasing that property.

Senator Chris Evans-Make sure Hansard got that.

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Senate condemns Garrett’s pipeline decision

The Senate today passed an Australian Greens motion condemning the decision by Environment Minister Peter Garrett to give approval to the Sugarloaf Pipeline under the provisions of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

"Peter Garrett's decision is a serious error which has major consequences for the water security of the threatened communities and environments of the Murray Darling Basin," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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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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