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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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Murray Darling Basin Plan: NSW govt one thorn in its side

The O’Farrell government must support increased environmental returns in its imminent response to the revised Murray Darling Basin plan or risk the health of the river and NSW’s long term economic future, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon in an extended ‘Matter of Public Importance’ speech to the Senate today about NSW’s role in the challenge of restoring the Murray Darling Basin.

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The Greens plan for a river system that meets the needs of our future

With a little more than two weeks to go until public submissions close on the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan (16 April 2012), Federal Greens Senators and the Convenor of the Riverina Greens are calling for changes to the plan to build strong, viable communities in the Riverina that will survive well into the future. Senator Rhiannon in in Hay and Mildura on 2-3 April for the Senate inquiry into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said:

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