Basin reform stagnating under Labor

  Murray-Darling Basin reform has slowed to a snail’s pace under Labor, according to evidence given in Senate Estimates today under questioning from Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham.   Officials have today confirmed that the Gillard Government: ·         still hasn’t signed off on an Intergovernmental Agreement with Basin states, despite more than 25 drafts having…

Labor’s budgeting chaos abandons Antarctica

  Labor’s chaotic budget fails to provide for the transport needed to maintain Australia’s Antarctic program, officials have confirmed in Senate Budget Estimates hearings.   Under questioning from Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham, officials in the Australian Antarctic Division of the Environment department confirmed that: They will need a new ship by…

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…