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Simms in the Senate Update - March 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers the Greens' campaign to make schools safe for LGBTI students, why there should be no nuclear waste dump in South Australia, the inquiry into BP's exploration of the Great Australian Bight, green cars being key to SA's economic future, a Valentine's Day push for marriage equality legislation, how to take the 2016 Student Survey, and more. Simply click the link below to download the PDF, or email Senator Simms to be added to the mailing list.

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Drilling in the Great Australian Bight will not go unchecked

The Australian Greens welcome Senate support for their inquiry into proposed drilling off the Great Australian Bight.

"BP must be held to account for its shocking environmental record and poor community consultation. BP's initial submission to drill for oil off the Great Australian Bight was turned down by the regulator, NOPSEMA and it is high time this issue was put under the microscope," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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BP must be held to account in NOPSEMA hearings.

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia, Robert Simms, said BP must be held to account for their shocking environmental record and poor community consultation in hearings occurring around the state this week.

BP's initial submission to drill for oil off the Great Australian Bight was turned down by the regulator, NOPSEMA. These hearings are a necessary step for them to re-submit an application to drill for oil.

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Greens welcome NOPSEMA's BP knockback

The Australian Greens have welcomed NOPSEMA's decision to reject BP's plan to drill in the Bight, but have called for greater oversight from the Environment Minister.

"NOPSEMA's decision to reject BP's risky proposal to drill for oil off the Great Australian Bight is great news for South Australians. To have a company with BP's shocking environmental record drilling in such an important region would have put both our tourism and fishing industries at risk," Australian Greens Senator for South Australia, Robert Simms said.

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Greens call on NOPSEMA to reject BP's drilling application

 The Australian Greens have called on NOPSEMA to reject BP's application to drill for oil in a marine park and sanctuary for whales.

NOPSEMA have extended the time they will take to make a decision on BP's application, but Greens Senator for South Australia, Robert Simms, said the project is a disaster in waiting and must not be given the green light.

"This decision is merely a stay of execution for BP. What we really need is for NOPSEMA to take a stand and say this sort of project has no place in the Great Australian Bight," Senator Simms said.

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Murray Darling Basin Authority sinks crossbench water plan

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the Federal Government yesterday debunked a proposal by some of the crossbenchers to pause the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Under questioning from Senator Robert Simms, Greens spokesperson for Water and the Murray Darling Basin, the MDBA confirmed there are no plans to suspend the Authority.

"This well and truly spells the end of this debate about the future of the Murray Darling Basin Plan," Senator Simms said.

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Stop playing politics with the Murray-Darling

South Australian Senator and Greens spokesperson for the Murray Darling and Water, Senator Robert Simms, is concerned some crossbenchers are playing politics with the lifeblood of South Australia and compromising the water security of the country's driest state.

He today slammed their calls to pause the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

"The Murray River is the lifeblood of South Australia and it is very disappointing to see that some of the crossbenchers are willing to play politics with it," Senator Simms said.

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