Breakfast, ABC Radio National – Murray-Darling Basin reform; foreign investment

  JAMES CARLETON: Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has been ‘slapped down’ twice this week for his comments on the pending sale of Cubbie Station, in south-east Queensland, to Chinese interests. First up was the Opposition Treasury spokesman, Joe Hockey, and then yesterday former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer joined in. Now Barnaby Joyce’s junior colleague, the…

Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News Australia – Dental healthcare; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; Australian Building and Construction Commission

  DAVID LIPSON: Welcome back and welcome, also, to Labor MP Rob Mitchell and Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham. Thanks for your time today, gentlemen.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good afternoon, David.   ROB MITCHELL: Good afternoon, David.   DAVID LIPSON: First to you, Senator. I want to ask you about this dental scheme – $4.1 billion…

Capital Hill, ABC News 24 – Parliamentary standards of behaviour; Newspoll; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; budget

  LYNDAL CURTIS: It’s the second anniversary of the 2010 federal election. Although Australia then had to wait 17 days and for a 17-minute speech to find out that the Gillard Government had been returned to power. The Government marked the anniversary with reference to its achievements and the appointment of a new High Court…