Executive wine cabinet ‘needed’ for Climate Change Department’s plush new digs

  Department of Climate Change officials have confirmed today that a tender is underway for the purchase of a stainless steel wine cabinet to be housed in the Department’s plush new building’s executive dining room.   Under questioning by Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham in Senate Estimates, Departmental Secretary Mr Blair Comley…

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Productivity percolating through Canberra coffee

  Boosting public service productivity is apparently as simple as installing expensive coffee machines, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows confirmation from the Clean Energy Regulator in Senate Estimates today, under questioning from Senator Birmingham, that the installation of eight ‘Nespresso’ coffee machines at a cost of $20,175…

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ABC Local Radio, Regional South Australia – Labor waste, Adelaide Desalination Plant

  ANNABELLE HOMER: Well, pressure is being put on the South Australian Government to justify why so much Federal Government money was invested to increase the size of the desal plant. Federal Coalition spokesperson for the Murray-Darling Basin Simon Birmingham is calling for the Commonwealth Auditor-General to investigate this further. The Federal Government invested $228…

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Labor’s desal waste warrants investigation

  The Auditor-General should investigate the provision of hundreds of millions of dollars in Commonwealth grants for a mothballed desalination plant, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham’s letter* to Auditor-General Ian McPhee follows the decision last week to place the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant ‘in standby mode’ until at…

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