Interview for WIN News – Labor underspending on Murray-Darling Basin water saving infrastructure

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Infrastructure is the one way you can get ‘win win’ outcomes from Basin reform, the way you can actually return water to the environment whilst keeping productive capacity on-farm and for Australia and that’s why it’s the best option for support by government, the best option for local communities and it’s why…

Afternoon Live, ABC News 24 – Carbon price impact on electricity, My School website

  CHRIS UHLMANN: I’m joined in the studio by Catherine King, who’s the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, good afternoon.   CATHERINE KING: Good afternoon.   CHRIS UHLMANN: And Simon Birmingham, who’s the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling. Good afternoon to you.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Chris, Catherine.   CHRIS UHLMANN: This afternoon the Coalition continued its attack which…

The Nation, Sky News Australia – Asylum seeker offshore processing High Court ruling, bank interest rates, monetary policy

  DAVID MARR: The High Court this morning said however you arrive in Australia, if you seek refugee protection in this country, the assessment of your claim will be done according to law and according to the principles of natural justice. That’s what they said this morning and as of 10 o’clock when business resumed, I…

Doorstop interview, North Adelaide – Murray-Darling Basin Plan delays, Labor’s botching of Basin reform

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Four years ago today John Howard convened an urgent meeting of Premiers and Chief Ministers to talk about Murray-Darling Basin reform. In that time, we’ve seen legislation passed, $10 billion put on the table. But that all happened within the first 12 months. Since then, we’ve seen the process slowly but surely fall apart. Delay…

Doorstop interview, Parliament House – Basin reform consultation, Mining tax, Electorate office light globes

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Today the Murray-Darling Basin Association [Authority] goes to Narrabri. Tomorrow they go to Moree and St George. The Coalition would like to make an offer. We want to offer Tony Burke a pair, so that he can attend one of these community consultation sessions about this important reform process. This process is too…

ABC NewsRadio – Basin reform consultation, Government’s announcement of a parliamentary inquiry

  MARIUS BENSON: Simon Birmingham, has the Government done the right thing by announcing this Parliamentary committee to be headed by Tony Windsor to look at the human impact of cuts in water supplies in the basin to residents in the Basin?   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Well any type of Parliamentary oversight involvement is always welcome,…

Doorstop interview, Parliament House – Murray-Darling Basin reform, Afghanistan, Adelaide Hills immigration detention centre announcement

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: For 12 days now Tony Burke has been the missing man of the Murray-Darling. Today we learn that he’s finally, tonight, going to meet with some irrigator and industry groups. We’ve got to ask the question, where has he been for these 12 days? Why hasn’t he been out there talking to the communities…