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Speech: Water Amendment Bill 2015 second reading

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:44): The Water Amendment Bill is a sloppy piece of legislation. It is very confusing, and when you sit down and read it you really wonder what the purpose of it is. What is the intent? Clearly the government has an aim here. You start to wonder what the driver is. What is the political interest going on here? What was the intent of the Liberal and National Parties when they came up with this?

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Speech: National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (10:45): The Greens do not support the amendments in the National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014. The amendments do not improve the situation. We need to remember that this legislation is about removing the National Water Commission and that once the legislation has gone through that body is gone. The amendments that we now have before us to the Productivity Commission are not a saviour in any way at all, and that is what we need to be focusing on in this aspect of the debate.

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Govt ignores evidence to retain National Water Commission

25 November 2014

The Liberal/National government has made a mockery of the Senate Inquiry into the National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill says Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"The Coalition government is following their track record of riding roughshod over democracy in an attempt to have their legislation passed," said Senator Rhiannon.

"The government's report, released today, ignores the vast majority of submissions to the inquiry which supported the retention of the National Water Commission.

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Estimates: National Water Commission

National Water Commission

[16:56]

CHAIR: Welcome. Would you like to make a short statement?

Ms Olsson : No, thank you.

CHAIR: Then we will go straight to questions.

Senator RHIANNON: Has the National Water Commission been consulted in relation to any of the government's initiatives to build dams and other water infrastructure projects in Australia?

Ms Olsson : Not over this recent period, no.

Senator RHIANNON: When you say 'recent period'-

Ms Olsson : I mean not under this government.

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Senate passes Rhiannon/Xenophon motion to retain the National Water Commission

The Senate today passed a motion from Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and independent Senator Nick Xenophon calling on the federal government to retain the National Water Commission.

"Today we have seen that commitment to protect our water cuts across party lines. The motion passed with the support of Senators Nick Xenophon, Ricky Muir and John Madigan as well as the Greens and Labor," said Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"The Abbott government's recent decision to close down the National Water Commission follows the closure of state water oversight bodies.

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Motion: National Water Commission

The Senate passed a motion from Lee and Senator Nick Xenophon in support of the National Water Commission.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:02): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) water is one of our most important resources and is critical to Australia's economic growth,

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Closure of National Water Commission part of wider Coalition plan to shut down scrutiny

The Greens say there is mounting evidence that the Liberal party is moving to shut down the independent oversight of water at a state and federal level.

Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon outlined this worrying trend in a major speech in the federal parliament .

"The Abbott government's recent decision to close down the National Water Commission follows the closure of state water oversight bodies," Senator Rhiannon said.

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