No application, correspondence or briefings… but here’s $20 million for you!

  The Gillard Government approved a $20 million grant in this year’s budget without any application or analysis into its merits, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   The absence of any rationale for the funding was revealed by departmental officials under questioning from Senator Birmingham in a Senate Estimates hearing…

Labor Desal grant evaporates

  “Julia Gillard must today reveal why the Federal Labor Government’s smoke and mirrors funding con will leave South Australians paying higher water bills,” Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Labor promised $328 million to South Australia for the desalination plant at Port Stanvac.   The Australian Government will commit a further…

Canberra’s $190 power price hike an example of what all Australians face under Labor’s carbon tax

  A $190 hike in electricity prices is only the first such hit Canberra households will face under the carbon price and is an example of what all Australians will pay, Acting Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and HeritageSimon Birmingham warned today.   The ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has release its draft…