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…

Garrett’s Department fronts home insulation Senate inquiry

  Environment Department officials reporting to Minister Peter Garrett have the opportunity today to publicly detail all documents and advice given in relation to the Government’s disastrous home insulation program, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senior officials from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts will this morning appear before the…

‘National management’, but officials confirm NSW retains veto

  Claims to have achieved national management of the Murray Darling Basin have been exposed as little more than a sham under questioning in Senate Estimates, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Department officials, under questioning from Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham, have confirmed overnight that the New South Wales Government retains a veto…

Incredible shrinking loans

  A key election promise of thousands of loans for environmentally friendly home improvements has been disappearing before our very eyes, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Revelations of appallingly low take up rates have been made in Senate Additional Budget Estimates under questioning from Senator Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action.   “Labor…