FAIRER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES (MEDICARE LEVY SURCHARGE) BILL 2009 [NO. 2]

 Senator Birmingham (South Australia) (11:57 AM) -I thank the Senate for the opportunity to speak on these important pieces of legislation, the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 [No. 2] and the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge-Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009 [No. 2]. These are measures that speak volumes of…

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AM Agenda, Sky News Australia – Hospitals funding, Tony Abbott, MP benefits

  KIERAN GILBERT: Welcome back to AM Agenda, joining me now from Adelaide the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action, Senator Simon Birmingham. Good morning Senator.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning Kieran.   KIERAN GILBERT: And in Sydney the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Jason Clare. Jason thanks for coming in and I’ll start with you.…

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What role did Arbib’s “on time” obsession play in insulation debacle?

  More evaded questions today suggest the Minister with responsibility for coordinating the roll-out of the stimulus package was warned of the dangers of rushing the now abandoned Home Insulation Program.   Mark Arbib, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery, today again dodged questions over the disastrous program, now linked to…

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