Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra – Murray-Darling Basin reform; polls, Margie Abbott; Parenting Payment eligibility; Peter Slipper

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Today I understand that the Water Minister, Tony Burke, will release some updated modelling in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. I welcome this and I hope that, in releasing it, it will take us one step closer to ending what has been 120 years of argument between the states and what…

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ABC Local Radio, Regional South Australia – Labor waste, Adelaide Desalination Plant

  ANNABELLE HOMER: Well, pressure is being put on the South Australian Government to justify why so much Federal Government money was invested to increase the size of the desal plant. Federal Coalition spokesperson for the Murray-Darling Basin Simon Birmingham is calling for the Commonwealth Auditor-General to investigate this further. The Federal Government invested $228…

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Breakfast, ABC Radio National – Murray-Darling Basin reform; foreign investment

  JAMES CARLETON: Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has been ‘slapped down’ twice this week for his comments on the pending sale of Cubbie Station, in south-east Queensland, to Chinese interests. First up was the Opposition Treasury spokesman, Joe Hockey, and then yesterday former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer joined in. Now Barnaby Joyce’s junior colleague, the…

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Lunchtime Agenda, Sky News Australia – Dental healthcare; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; Australian Building and Construction Commission

  DAVID LIPSON: Welcome back and welcome, also, to Labor MP Rob Mitchell and Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham. Thanks for your time today, gentlemen.   SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good afternoon, David.   ROB MITCHELL: Good afternoon, David.   DAVID LIPSON: First to you, Senator. I want to ask you about this dental scheme – $4.1 billion…

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2UE – Julia Gillard’s carbon tax

  JASON MORRISON: Look, I’m going to spare you the jargon in trying to explain this because jargon is how the political class nowadays confuse you into thinking they’re doing something good for you. Essentially, yesterday the Federal Government decided to ditch part of its carbon tax policy and that was as far as they…

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