Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News Australia – Coal industry, carbon tax, Direct Action, plain packaging, lobbyists, Foreign Minister’s travel

  ASHLEIGH GILLON: Joining me this afternoon on our panel of politicians, Labor MP Ed Husic and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Simon Birmingham. Good afternoon to you both. Bob Brown has just held a news conference. We were hoping to bring it to you here on Sky News but had some audio issues with that. We’ll…

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FIVEaa – Biosecurity

  LEON BYNER: Now that New Zealand has agreed to allow fresh pork meat into their country, that will set a precedent that an applicant who wants to bring the same pork into Australia would use against us at the World Trade Organisation. Now, Joe Ludwig [Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry] has scoffed at suggestions that…

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FIVEaa – Biosecurity

  LEON BYNER: . . . because of a likely New Zealand decision to accept pork from countries that might have the PRRS [porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome] disease, which is the equivalent of HIV in humans, we will be obliged to accept, no questions asked, this product, and we don’t even have labelling laws to…

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FIVEaa – Regional hospitals funding

  LEON BYNER:  Now, there’s been a lot of discussion, as you know, about hospitals like Moonta community hospitals, the one at Keith… the State Government are adamant that these are private hospitals and so ‘why should taxpayers’ money be used to help private hospitals when they should be able to run their own businesses?’ Then…

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4BC – Carbon tax, impact on petrol prices

  GEOFF MULLINS:  A prediction this afternoon that petrol prices will go through the roof because of the carbon tax. I see today federal Government climate adviser Ross Garnaut says he’ll release additional papers at the end of the month detailing how much money is expected to be raised by Labor’s carbon tax. The Professor has announced…

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