FIVEaa – Gillard’s carbon tax, advertising

  LEON BYNER:  We’re talking today about this proposed carbon tax, its impact on South Australia … let’s talk to Simon Birmingham, Senator in South Australia for the Opposition. Good morning.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, Leon, and good morning to your listeners. Leon, you and Haydon Manning [Department of Politics and Public Policy, Flinders University] this morning…

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Inquiry should investigate possible Basin Plan interference

  A Parliamentary inquiry should consider whether Water Minister Tony Burke has interfered with the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) preparation of its Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to the chair of an inquiry into the Basin Plan’s effects on regional Australia, Independent MP Tony Windsor,…

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Hunt-Birmingham – $113 million in green credits scrapped: inquiry needed

  The Coalition has called for an urgent inquiry into a renewable energy scheme after authorities were forced to cancel permits worth approximately $113 million because of compliance problems.   Andrew Livingston, the Renewable Energy Regulator, told a Senate Estimates hearing on Monday that he had cancelled 3.3 million Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).   RECs…

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Afternoon Live, ABC News 24 – Border protection, mining tax, Japanese whaling

  HAYDEN COOPER: Gentlemen, thanks for joining us.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: A pleasure, Hayden.   DAVID BRADBURY: Afternoon.   HAYDEN COOPER: Well timing is everything and Scott Morrison has admitted that he got it wrong. You’ll remember that yesterday he raised questions about the cost to taxpayers of flying relatives to Sydney for the funerals of some of the Christmas…

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