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Adjournment speech: National Water Commission

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:03): Among the numerous disappointments coming from the federal government, it is fair to say that the decision to shut down the National Water Commission is but one. But this is one that deserves close attention. As a nation, we are facing major challenges to our water supplies. The biggest threat, however, is the complete disregard from the federal government for the importance of this issue.

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Media Release: Coalition infrastructure plan puts Murray Darling Basin at risk

MEDIA RELEASE
2 June 2014

Coalition infrastructure plan puts Murray Darling Basin at risk

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has said the Federal Government's strategy to further cut water buybacks will put the Murray Darling Basin Plan at risk.

"The move away from water buybacks to the less reliable and more costly program of infrastructure investment is a high risk strategy," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Adjournment Speech: Dorrigo antimony mine

Tonight I will speak on two projects. They are separated by thousands of kilometres, but both highlight the problems of a one-sided view of the economy-that is, that mining and power production take precedence over all else. Time and again, we see large companies that propose dangerous projects claim they will benefit the local community, but, meanwhile, they walk all over those communities. These companies often ignore local industries as their activities damage the diversity of local economies and the local environment.

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Senate Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Murray-Darling Basin Authority)

Senate Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Murray-Darling Basin Authority)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Senator RHIANNON: Also with respect to the sale of the environmental water in the Gwydir Valley, did you identify additional environmental benefits that could have been gained by using the water in the area?

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Coalition's water trading plan for Murray Darling Basin not solution

MEDIA RELEASE
20 January 2014

Coalition's water trading plan for Murray Darling Basin not solution 

The Abbott government plan to support the sale of millions of litres of Murray Darling Basin water puts the future of river communities, their economic viability and the environmental health of the region at risk, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Greens water spokesperson said today.

"The Coalition plan to move into water trading is not the solution to environmental restoration of the Murray-Darling.

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