Are you happy now, Minister?

  Water Minister Tony Burke should provide certainty to all Murray-Darling stakeholders by indicating quickly whether he is happy with the latest iteration of the Proposed Basin Plan released by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority today.   With just three weeks left for the States to provide further comment on the plan, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman…

Hunt-Birmingham – SA Labor: carbon tax risks investment, jobs and population

  Ministerial briefings prepared for the South Australian Labor Government have confirmed that Federal Labor’s carbon tax risks investment, jobs and population in Port Pirie.   The briefings, released to the State Liberal Opposition under freedom of information laws, confirm the future of Nyrstar’s lead smelter at Port Pirie has been placed at direct risk…

Seniors brace for carbon tax price hit

  Senior Australians’ concerns at power bill rises highlight the looming impacts of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   National Seniors has warned that expected price hikes for electricity and gas will wipe out advance carbon tax compensation payments made to retirees in recent weeks.  …

Tony Burke, what do you want?

  Water Minister Tony Burke has today disowned the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s latest draft Basin Plan but has failed to outline what changes he will demand, according to Coalition Basin spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham.   ?Today Minister Burke stated: ? ?“We are not yet at a point where I believe we’ve got documents in front…

Buck stops with Government on bungled tender

  Damning evidence today has sheeted home blame for the bungled $223 million Australia Network tender process to the Gillard Government, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers today revealed in Senate Estimates, under questioning from Senator Birmingham, that confidential material was leaked to media sources from within the Government.…