ABC Goulburn Murray – Albury visit, Basin reform, dams taskgroup, flood tax

  JOSEPH THOMSEN: … the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin, Simon Birmingham, who is in Albury for today only. Simon Birmingham, good morning.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, Joseph and listeners. It’s a pleasure to be with you.   JOSEPH THOMSEN: Now, you’re going to be focusing today on what exactly?   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: I will be…

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Government telling only one side of the story on Basin Plan

  Australians angry at the bungling of water reform deserve to know the full story surrounding legal advice over preparation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   A Freedom of Information application by Senator Birmingham for legal advice, to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, relating to the weighting of economic,…

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Keep on time with Murray-Darling plan – Pray tell, how Prime Minister?

  Julia Gillard is deliberately misleading Australians by claiming she wants to keep the Murray-Darling reform process on time.   Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman, Senator Simon Birmingham, says the Prime Minister knows full well that delays imposed by her government mean the reform cannot and will not be delivered according to the initial timeline.  …

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FIVEaa – Speculation Karlene Maywald could be appointed to chair the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Basin reform timelines

  LAINIE ANDERSON: … Simon Birmingham … what do you think or what do you make of the idea that former South Australian Water Minister Karlene Maywald could head the Murray-Darling Basin Authority or is one of many being touted as a possible head?   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: … Karlene’s obviously an ably intelligent woman, she…

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MDBA advice confirms timing chaos in Murray-Darling plan

  Secret advice revealed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) under Freedom of Information laws shows that Government-imposed delays mean timelines required under the Water Act for finalisation of the controversial Basin Plan cannot be achieved.   The Incoming Minister’s Brief provided by the MDBA to Water Minister Tony Burke following his appointment in September…

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