Minister confirms plans for multi-million dollar carbon tax con

  Taxpayers will rightly be angry with the Gillard Government for planning a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to sell them financial pain, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows confirmation from Climate Change Minister Greg Combet that his department is developing options for an advertising campaign.   Mr Combet…

Inquiry should investigate possible Basin Plan interference

  A Parliamentary inquiry should consider whether Water Minister Tony Burke has interfered with the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) preparation of its Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to the chair of an inquiry into the Basin Plan’s effects on regional Australia, Independent MP Tony Windsor,…

Hunt-Birmingham – $113 million in green credits scrapped: inquiry needed

  The Coalition has called for an urgent inquiry into a renewable energy scheme after authorities were forced to cancel permits worth approximately $113 million because of compliance problems.   Andrew Livingston, the Renewable Energy Regulator, told a Senate Estimates hearing on Monday that he had cancelled 3.3 million Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).   RECs…