Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News Australia – Olympic Dam mine expansion, 14-year-old boy arrested in Bali, Julia Gillard’s carbon tax

  ASHLEIGH GILLON: Joining me this afternoon on our panel of politicians, the Labor MP Graham Perrett – good afternoon to you – and joining us from Adelaide today the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Simon Birmingham – good afternoon to you as well.   We just heard some developing news a short time…

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One year on, Murray-Darling communities still anxiously waiting

  Today marks one year since the release of Labor’s widely criticised Guide to the proposed Basin Plan, yet anxious Murray-Darling Basin communities continue waiting for release of the actual plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Guide was released a year ago today, and provoked angst throughout the…

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Lower GDP and lower wages – all okay by Australia’s unions

  Australia’s union movement is backing the Government’s carbon tax even though it expects it to reduce both real wages and economic production, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   Joel Fetter, Policy Director at peak body the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), today told the shotgun Parliamentary inquiry into…

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Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News Australia – Poker machines, economy, Labor leadership, foreign aid

  DAVID LIPSON:  It’s finals week this week but today’s titans’ clash is happening off the football pitch. The battle over Andrew Wilkie’s pokie reforms has intensified after several AFL [Australian Football League] club presidents slammed the mandatory pre-commitment technology. …   ANTHONY BALL, Clubs Australia Executive Director: Millions of supporters, millions of players, kids and families…

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Carbon tax – ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ – almost!

  Australians concerned about Julia Gillard’s carbon tax must ‘speak now or forever hold their peace’, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows the Government-imposed deadline of today for the receipt of submissions to its shotgun inquiry into its carbon tax legislation.   “In allowing just six days to…

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2SM – Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, Parliamentary inquiry

  GRANT GOLDMAN: Now, Australians concerned about Julia Gillard’s carbon tax must speak now or forever hold their peace [almost]. That’s what Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham has said today. We have him on the line. Morning, Simon.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, Grant. Good morning to your listeners.   GRANT GOLDMAN: Yes, and I think you’ve picked up…

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