Taxpayers deserve transparency over Desal Plant funding

  Federal and State Labor are both treating taxpayers with contempt by refusing to release information surrounding decisions to fund the Adelaide Desalination Plant, the Coalition’s Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows this month’s damning report of the Commonwealth Auditor-General* into $328 million in federal funding for the Desal Plant, including…

Auditor-General slams federal Labor over Adelaide Desal Plant funding

  Federal Labor Government decisions to fund the Adelaide Desalination Plant have been slammed in a damning report by the Commonwealth Auditor-General.   The Audit Report into $328 million of Commonwealth funding follows an October 2012 written request from the Coalition’s Murray-Darling Basin spokesman, Senator Simon Birmingham.   “The Auditor-General has found that proper grants…

When the PM flies for free she goes to Rio… de Janeiro (but with more than 50 companions and costing taxpayers $850,000+)

  Australian taxpayers have footed a bill approaching $1 million to send an extravagant 52 person delegation to a single three-day conference in Brazil, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   Details of the size and cost of Australia’s attendance at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de…

South Australia’s NBN rollout in disarray: no connections in ‘volume rollout’

  Labor’s failing of South Australians on broadband has been exposed in Senate Estimates overnight, Liberal Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said today.   Under questioning from Senator Birmingham, NBN Co confirmed a failure to connect any South Australians to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the 19 months of its so-called ‘volume rollout’.…