Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra – Media regulation; new Labor taxes

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, everyone. Stephen Conroy, some 12 months after receiving the million dollar-plus Convergence Review and Finkelstein report, has finally announced a grab bag of media reforms. He is giving this Parliament, apparently, just days to consider these reforms, yet he hasn’t even revealed the legislation yet. This is a process that…

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AM Agenda, Sky News – Border protection; skilled migration; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; budget; federal election.

  KIERAN GILBERT: Once again immigration policy debate in this country has descended into which side of politics is demonising foreigners for their own political gain. Coming up this morning, my interview with Prime Minister Gillard. First, though, the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s criticism over the Prime Minister’s comments on 457 visas [Temporary Work (Skilled)…

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Birmingham calls for urgent Murray-Darling Ministerial Council

  Tony Burke must act to end the funding dispute engulfing the states and Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) which MDBA Chair Craig Knowles said, if unresolved, would see “the administration of the assets and functions of the Basin will rapidly deteriorate.”   Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin Simon Birmingham today called for Water…

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra – Julia Gillard; media regulation; Murray–Darling Basin Authority funding

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Julia Gillard stood at the Press Club earlier this year to announce September 14 as the election day but she said there were many more days of governing to come. What we’re now seeing, though, are instead days of stunts and days of campaigning, far from days of governing. The challenge for…

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PM Agenda, Sky News – The Coalition’s direct action plan on climate change and the environment; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; Renewable Energy Target.

  DAVID SPEERS: … as we heard before the break, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet reckons the Coalition’s plans on climate change are all over the shop, pointing to various comments today, particularly about what happens to businesses who are actually pretty happy with the carbon tax – would they be compensated if it is…

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AM Agenda, Sky News – Labor leadership, federal election; coal seam gas; Ben Zygier, Bob Carr

  KIERAN GILBERT: Let’s go to our panel now. In Melbourne, Labor Parliamentary Secretary for Trade Kelvin Thomson and in Adelaide, Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water [the Murray-Darling Basin] and Environment Senator Simon Birmingham. Gentlemen, good morning.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Morning, Kieran.   KELVIN THOMSON: Good morning, Kieran, Simon.   …   KIERAN GILBERT:…

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