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…

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20 years on and still much to do

  Senator Simon Birmingham has used today’s 20th anniversary of a landmark human rights treaty to urge support for UNICEF in its ongoing work to save children’s lives.   The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 20 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly and has become the most ratified human…

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Murray Darling Basin and climate change roles

  Senator Simon Birmingham says he is looking forward to helping achieve better outcomes for the Murray Darling Basin and stronger action on climate change, after his appointment as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary today.   “The Murray Darling remains one of, if not the, most important policy challenges facing South Australia and I have pursued issues…

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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…

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Wong must not hold Murray-Darling to ransom

  Water Minister Penny Wong is playing politics over water management by using $1 billion in promised water infrastructure funding to help the Victorian Brumby Government get its way, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Wong this week used a Budget Estimates hearing to reveal she has written to her Victorian counterpart advising the…

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Terrorism TV has no place in Australia

  Senator Simon Birmingham is urging a review of anti-terrorism broadcast standards, if a further review of an Arabic TV station owned and run by anti-Semitic organisation Hezbollah finds it doesn’t break Australian law.   Satellite TV station al-Manar reaches much of Australia’s east coast via a feed from Indonesia, but Jewish groups have expressed…

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