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Senate committee backs 1500 GL cap

The Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee today backed the Australian Government’s move to cap buybacks from irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin at 1500 GL/year.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, who chaired the inquiry into the Water Amendment Bill 2015, said the legislation provided much-needed certainty to river communities.

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New facility an important asset in national fruit fly effort

Work has begun on the development of a new research centre in Port Augusta which will become a vital national asset in the national fruit fly effort.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility will take efforts to manage Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) to the next level.

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Stocktake report backs balanced Basin approach

An independent report on the progress of the Murray Darling Basin Plan will be welcomed by communities on the river system according to Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston.

Senator Ruston said the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Stocktake Report released yesterday had shown more than 500 gigalitres of water per year could be recovered by supply measure projects.

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Adelaide councils to receive $15 million

Councils in the Federal electorate of Adelaide will receive more than $15 million under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program in 2015-16.

Senator for South Australia said the Government was providing $2.3 billion to councils across Australia in 2015-16, including $1.1 billion already paid to councils to ensure immediate access to untied funding for local priorities.

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Calling all future female leaders from SA!

Young women in rural, regional and remote South Australian communities can win a trip to Canberra by entering the Country to Canberra Essay Competition.

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Plant Biosecurity CRC to host 2015 Science Exchange

Some of the latest developments in plant biosecurity science will be on display at the Plant Biosecurity CRC 2015 Science Exchange on the Sunshine Coast.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, who today will officially open the 2015 Science Exchange, said plant biosecurity was of paramount importance to Australia.

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Loud SA voice needed in Basin Plan inquiry

South Australian stakeholders should make sure their voices are "loud and clear" about the future of the River Murray following the establishment of a new inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan last week.

The Senate last week voted to establish the Select Committee on the Murray Darling Basin Plan to inquire into the impacts of the Plan and associated Commonwealth programs on regional communities.

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Senate inquiry sorts through hodgepodge agricultural levies system

Agricultural levy payers want more of a say in how their levies are determined and spent but current systems deny many of them adequate representation according to a report tabled in the Senate today.

Senator for South Australian Anne Ruston said the Senate inquiry into Australia’s agricultural levies found a hodgepodge of systems which in some cases raised questions about whether levy payers were getting value for money.

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Research blueprint to tackle fruit fly

The launch of a research, development and extension plan aimed at enhancing Australia’s capability to manage fruit fly is a significant step in the ongoing battle against the world’s worst horticultural pest.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston today welcomed the launch of the plan, developed by the Plant Biosecurity CRC.

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Australia Post payment boost for LPOs and CPAs

Licenced Post Offices and Community Postal Agencies will receive a $51.4 million boost in payments from Australia Post in line with recommendations from a recent Senate inquiry into postal network performance.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, who chaired last year’s inquiry by the Senate Environment and Communications Committee, said the payment boost signalled an improved relationship between Australia Post and the national network of LPOs and CPAs.

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