Barnaby Joyce and the Nats have launched an assault on our River Murray

After years of mismanagement, water theft and corruption, the Liberal and National parties are trying to blame South Australia for the Murray-Darling River being in crisis.

Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals want to cut South Australia off from the River, and cut water to the environment that is critical in keeping the lifeblood of our nation healthy --- all while their corporate irrigator mates continue with business as usual.

Every single South Australian should be furious! I am not going to sit by and let Barnaby Joyce, and the National Party, sacrifice us for their big corporate mates upstream.

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Take note - We need a royal commission Murray-Darling Basin

This government isn't serious about getting to the bottom of the corruption, scandals and water theft plaguing the Murray Darling Basin. They just told me they don’t even plan to table legislation to give the Inspector-General they appointed more than four months ago any power to do his job until Autumn 2020.

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court hearing outcome

Today the Federal Court has ruled on my defamation case against former Senator David Leyonhjelm.

 

It is with relief and pleasure that I can inform you that we were successful. I couldn’t have done this without you.

 

When men do the wrong thing, they should apologise. Most men do. But when they don’t, they should be called out.

 

Taking legal action was a hard decision to make, and one that could not have happened without the immense support from regular everyday Australians, like you, who want better treatment and respect for women in our workplaces, our homes and our community.

 

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The nation Bights back

Australians across the country will take to our oceans and beautiful beaches to Fight For The Bight!

I'll be at Bondi, where will you be? 

From Port Noarlunga to Bondi Beach there’ll be more than 50 events stretching along our pristine coastline for a National Day of Action to tell Norwegian oil giant Equinor they’re not welcome in the Great Australian Bight.

 

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Protect our rights to choose

The Prime Minister is coming for your freedoms.

He wants to outlaw environmental boycott campaigns and crackdown on peaceful protest, taking away your democratic right to decide what campaigns you support and where you want to spend your money. Take action now to protect our freedoms. 

You should have the right to be able to choose to back the palm-oil free campaign run by Australian zoos, boycott banks that fund fossil fuel projects, or support businesses that have pledged to only purchase ethical paper to save our forests. 

In Scott Morrison’s dictatorship, campaigns that have pushed companies into making better choices for our environment won’t be possible. 

 

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We need people power to help save our environment

Did you know that the Australian koala is facing extinction? Or that some of our most precious natural areas are under threat from land clearing, development, and even mining? Globally we are facing not just a climate emergency, but also an extinction crisis. Loss of habitat, plants and animals is already starting to have an impact on ecosystems and food production. 

Australia’s environment laws are not strong enough to protect our beautiful places and unique Australian animals. We need the laws fixed and we need a cop on-the-beat, an environment protection watchdog to enforce them. 

Today, the Morrison government announced a review of the country’s environmental regulations. But already it seems the Government intends to cut protections for the environment, rather than putting in place strong laws to save our natural places and native animals. 

 

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Right to know

Today’s landmark campaign by media outlets, which has seen all major mastheads across the country redact their front pages, is a welcome offensive against the erosion of media freedom and whistleblower protections.

Sign the petition today to call on the government to protect your democratic right to know.  

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Climate Change. Coal. Corporate Greed.

This week we saw another mass fish kill in the Murray-Darling on the Morrison Government’s watch. This is our river system in environmental collapse. Cotton, corporate greed and climate change are killing the River and all the Minister can say is ‘pray for rain’.

The Federal Government’s response is to back the NSW Government’s plan to fast-track the building of dams by watering down environmental rules. All evidence shows spending more public money on these dams will only deliver more water for big corporate irrigators. Building dams will not make it rain.

The Senate this week passed a Greens’ motion calling on the Federal Government to rule out giving any public funding to dam and water infrastructure projects that circumvent environmental assessment and don’t abide by proper environmental protections. 

The government also doesn't get the fundamental link between climate change and drought. This was made clear during question time when I asked Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Agriculture, whether she accepts the science and acknowledges the link between climate change and drought. Having a drought plan without a plan to address climate change is no plan at all.

Legislation tabled in the NSW Parliament on Wednesday effectively tears up the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, leaving the environment and downstream communities high and dry. I’ve written to Basin State Water Ministers urging them to convene a COAG (Council of Australian Governments) meeting to deal with this threat to the Plan by NSW. The NSW Government cannot be allowed to get away with this short-sighted response to the drought crisis that will further jeopardise the health of the River and all those who rely upon it.

When it comes to the drought and saving our Murray River, the Feds’ plan is as good as shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. I’ll be raising this in Senate Estimates next week, and making sure corporate greed doesn’t win out over SA’s and the River’s best interests.