Senate seeks release of Green Loans review findings

  The Senate has today insisted on the release of review findings into the Rudd Government’s bungled Green Loans program that have been kept secret for weeks.   Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham has welcomed the Senate’s decision to support his motion*, moved on behalf of the Coalition, for the tabling of independent…

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Rudd Government concedes: $50 vouchers just too hard

  The Rudd Government has given Australians further reason to question whether it believes in anything by axing a promised rewards card it never managed to deliver under its bungled Green Loans program, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   “The cancellation of the mythical $50 Green Rewards Card represents a…

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Wong should release Green Loans review findings

  The release of review findings into the Rudd Government’s bungled Green Loans program will be pursued by the Coalition in Parliament this week*, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The failed Green Loans program has left 100,000 Australians unable to access the promised loans, and thousands of assessors out…

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Government knew deaths were possible, but proceeded

  Damning new information on the Rudd Government’s disastrous home insulation program shows the Government was ignoring its own warnings, including of possible deaths, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The bungled $2.5 billion scheme left an estimated 240,000 homes with dangerous or sub-standard insulation and has been linked with…

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Rudd Government a serial offender at avoiding scrutiny

  Frustration at the Rudd Government’s apparent contempt for accountability has prompted Senator Simon Birmingham to ask what more can be done to ensure Senate Estimates questions are answered in a more timely manner.   Senator Birmingham has written to the Chair of the Senate’s Procedures Committee, Senator Alan Ferguson, to ask that the committee…

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Minister misleads on drought’s Murray tourism impact

  The Rudd Government should urgently develop strategies to boost tourism across the Murray River region suffering as a result of prolonged drought, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson to urge such an approach, following tourism industry concern at the tone of…

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Green Loans Program Fraud– Garrett Must Go

  The Rudd Government’s forced revelations of allegations of serious fraud, non-compliance and rorting of taxpayer’s money, is another example of Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s fundamental failure to manage major Government programs.   This revelation comes after the second cancellation and the release of the Hawke Report highlighting the widespread rorting, waste and safety concerns…

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