- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Air Quality
- Animal Welfare
- Bushfire Risk Management
- Children and young people
- Climate Change and Energy
- Coal and Coal Seam Gas
- Coastal management
- Coastal Sand mining and extraction
- Drugs and harm minimisation
- Early Childhood Education
- Electoral and Funding Reform
- Environment Impact Assessment and Pollution Control
- Gaming Machines
- Genetic Engineering in Food and Crops
- Genetically Engineered Organisms in Production of Pharmaceuticals
- Industrial relations
- Juvenile Justice
- Local Government
- Marine Environment
- National Parks
- Older People
- Planning and Infrastructure
- Public Ownership
- Public Sector Social and Environmental Responsibility
- Recreation and Sport
- Regional Development
- Rural Land Use
- Rural young people
- Sexuality and Gender Identity
- Social Equity
- Voluntary Euthanasia
- Waste Elimination
- Water (rural and agricultural)
- Water (urban)
- Worker's Compensation
To read the full details of the Greens NSW Water (Rural and Agricultural) Policy click the orange download button on the right.
Surviving drought, sustaining life
Inappropriate and inefficient water uses have placed huge demands on rivers and inland water systems. This has prolonged the severity of the current drought.
Current arrangements for water allocation have failed to secure a fair share of water that could have protected the health of the rivers and supplied smaller farms, towns and communities.
Some degree of global warming is now inevitable and droughts are likely to become even more intense and frequent if greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed. The future stress on agricultural and rural water supply is going to be more extreme.
The NSW government’s priorities are wrong. People and the health of the rivers must be put ahead of the profits of agribusiness. The viability of smaller, low water intensity farms should not be sacrificed to prop up large irrigators. Crops such as cotton and rice are too water intensive and unsuited to NSW’s dry and arid environment and should be phased out.
The Greens are committed to allocating water to the rivers, communities and smaller farms, phasing out unsustainable water uses and addressing dry land salinity and soil acidification. We believe that full public ownership of water and community involvement in decision making are the only way to secure sustainable food production and ensure the future of inland Australia.
The Greens will work towards:
- phasing out unsustainable water uses including flood irrigation;
- minimising irrigation dependency, and increased support for agriculture that is adapted to natural rainfall patterns;
- increased allocations of water to river flows;
- preventing the construction of new dams on waterways and phasing out transfers between catchments;
- placing protection of water resources ahead of extraction rights;
- water efficiency, re-use and recycling of water extracted from rivers and aquifers;
- water resources remaining in, and returning to, public ownership;
- consideration of Native Title in all current and future water determinations;
- implementing full resource cost recovery in water pricing; and
- legislative protection for all NSW wetlands to ensure sufficient surface and ground water.