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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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Greens call for blue-green algae plan

The Australian Greens are calling for Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to take action following an outbreak of blue-green algae in the River Murray.

"This outbreak affirms the need for a strong Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Ensuring decent flows in the River Murray prevents blue-green algal blooms from occurring, as we know this algae thrives in still water," Greens water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Robert 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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