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Greens will refer Water Bill to Inquiry

The Australian Greens today indicated they intend to refer the 300 page Water Amendments Bill to a Senate Committee inquiry.

"This is a crucial piece of legislation in addressing the crisis in the Murray Darling Basin and delivering sustainability and long-term viability to the communities and the ecosystems of the Basin," said Senator Siewert.

"We acknowledge that we need to act on this quickly, but more than anything we need to make sure we get this right."

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Govt failed to consult CSIRO on water audit

"It's clear why Penny Wong didn't want this inquiry" - Greens

The Greens-initiated Senate inquiry into the Coorong has already shown its value, after it immediately discovered that the federal government has failed to consult with leading agencies like CSIRO about the water audit and modelling for getting emergency water to the Coorong.

"It is clear now why Minister Penny Wong didn't want this Senate inquiry," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens water spokesperson, said in Canberra today.

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Emergency rescue water needed for the Coorong and lower lakes

The Australian Greens today called on Government to act now to save the Coorong and lower lakes.

"Unless 450GL of water can be delivered to the Coorong and lower lakes through winter and spring these ecosystems will hit a crucial tipping point beyond which acidity problems will be out of control and the runaway collapse of these ecosystems is almost certain," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens dub Wong's plan - 'Water for the (distant) Future'

The Greens today responded to the release of the Federal Government's Water for the Future plan, raising concerns that the plan did not go far enough or move fast enough to make the changes to water use needed to save the Murray Darling system.

"After all the talk of a brave new approach I expected Penny Wong's plan would deliver real change to the system - not just more of the same," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Turnbull's urban water plan lacks vision - Greens

The Greens say the Government's new urban water plan lacks the innovation and the vision needed to have sufficient impact on our pressing water issues to make a difference.

"Malcolm Turnbull's new plan is simply not tackling the problem at the scale needed to really make a difference," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It does nothing to help Australian households reduce their use."

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Greens release watertight urban water plan

"The release of the IPCC report on climate change highlights yet again the urgent need to reduce our urban water use," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

Senator Siewert launched the Greens urban water plan, which calls for new water use targets and the establishment of a Water Tight Fund to pay the upfront costs of integrated household rainwater and water recycling systems.

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Water needs urgent long term planning

To mark the importance of National Water Week, the Greens are calling for urgent action on effective planning of water efficiency, conservation and control.

"Parts of Australia are running out of water, the Murray Darling system is at its lowest levels in 116 years and most capitals in Australia have record low dam levels," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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