Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News – Murray-Darling Basin reform, On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

TOM CONNELL: Well, today the Government has announced the latest grant for water infrastructure improvements. This is part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, part of their plan to try to improve, effectively, the way water is used and also give some back to the river for environmental flows and I spoke with Simon Birmingham, the…

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Victoria Country Hour, ABC Radio – Murray-Darling Basin reform, On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

WARWICK LONG: … let’s talk about irrigation. The Federal Government is handing out more money for irrigators to upgrade their irrigation equipment whilst handing back some of their water right to the Commonwealth. Originally a $100 million program, or stage of a program, the Government says submissions from its delivery partners, who organise the farmers…

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Capital Hill, ABC News 24 – Japanese whaling, International Court of Justice decision, Australia’s relationship with Japan.

GREG JENNETT: Now, having won the case, Australia’s going out of its way to be gracious towards Tokyo. All are stressing that the disagreements of the past are over. The parliamentary secretary in the Environment portfolio is Simon Birmingham. He doesn’t even want to contemplate the idea that Japan might step up its activities in…

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Billions of litres delivering a healthier Murray-Darling

The delivery of 1,272 billion litres of Commonwealth environmental water in 2012-13 has boosted water quality, species habitats and wetland management. “Delivering environmental outcomes in a working basin requires careful management, local knowledge and a strong strategy to keep the basin healthy”, said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “Across the Basin water…

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