Green Loans – Pink Batts and Solar Mistakes All Over Again; Garrett’s Trifecta of Trouble – Gillard Must Pull the Guillotine

  Damning reports released today into the failed $300 million Green Loans affair confirm that the Rudd-Gillard Government can’t be trusted to run a major environmental program.   It’s a trifecta of trouble – coming after the debacles of the Home Insulation Program and repeated scrapping and suspension of solar programs.   The one thing in…

Green Loans inquiry hearing

  Home sustainability assessors left out of pocket through the Rudd/Gillard Government’s mismanagement of its Green Loans Program are among those giving evidence to a Senate inquiry hearing in Sydney tomorrow.   The Senate’s Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts is inquiring into the Green Loans Program, which delivered less than one per…

Coalition Helping to Strengthen Renewable Energy in Australia (Hunt-Birmingham)

  The Coalition welcomes the passage through the Senate of amendments providing greater certainty to the renewable energy industry.   Legislation splitting the Renewable Energy Target (RET) into two parts from January 2011 – the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) – has been passed by the Senate with…

RENEWABLE ENERGY (ELECTRICITY) AMENDMENT BILL 2010

Senator Birmingham: (South Australia) (12:31 PM) -It is my pleasure to rise to contribute to this debate on the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2010, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Charge) Amendment Bill 2010 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Small-scale Technology Shortfall Charge) Bill 2010. At the outset, I restate the coalition’s strong commitment to the…

Green Loans assessor rallies show Government mess remains

  Today’s rallies by Green Loans home sustainability assessors around Australia highlight the Rudd Government’s ongoing failure to fix the problems arising from its appalling mismanagement, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   Rallies are taking place in Sydney outside Kirribilli House from 9am, in Brisbane at South Brisbane Station from…

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE BILL 2010

Senator Birmingham (South Australia) (10:22 AM) -It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010 and the Paid Parental Leave (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010, and to follow some distinguished and admirable comments from many of my colleagues in this place from all sides of the chamber on this very…