Coorong Christmas confusion

State and Federal Labor Government Water Ministers must explain an apparent state of confusion over the future of the Coorong and Lower Lakes, Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows a whole new round of consultation that commenced this week, more than three months after consultation closed on the previous release…

2 reports in 2 days highlight flaws in Murray Darling plan

  State Labor Government roadblocks to effective national management of the Murray Darling Basin have been highlighted by a second major independent report in two days, newly appointed Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Today’s National Water Commission report on water trading has restated key concerns in yesterday’s Productivity Commission report on market…

Productivity Commission highlights failed national agreement

  The Rudd Government’s continuing failure to achieve effective national management of the Murray Darling Basin has today been highlighted by the Productivity Commission, newly appointed Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The Productivity Commission today released its Draft Report on Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin.   “The Government’s…

What is contemptuous Wong hiding?

  Water Minister Penny Wong has today demonstrated contempt for the Senate and for open accountability in relation to intended water savings for the Murray-Darling Basin, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Wong used a Budget Estimates hearing last week to reveal that $1 billion in promised water infrastructure funding would be withheld while…