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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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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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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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Greens Welcome Barnaby’s Move to Embrace Science

The Greens welcome Barnaby Joyce's decision to listen to the science in regards to the health of the Murray River.

"I welcome that Mr Joyce has pledged to listen to the science in regards to the health of the Murray River," Greens spokesperson on the Murray Darling Basin and Water, Robert Simms said.

"The science tells us that the Murray River needs greater flows to bring the river back to health. This is particularly a problem for my home state of South Australia, which is often left high and dry from over-extraction.

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