Unions confirm they expect to run the show

  Unions have given further indications they expect to get their way if a Rudd Labor Government is elected, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows Kevin Rudd failing to stand up to the unions, allowing Right faction powerbroker and union heavyweight Don Farrell to be pre-selected on Thursday at first spot on the…

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Minister urged to put CDMA switch off on hold

  The Communications Minister must heed the concerns of regional consumers in South Australia and elsewhere and put on hold Telstra’s planned CDMA network switch off, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Poor network coverage, conflicting advice from Telstra on handsets and poor levels of service are all among concerns related to me by South…

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Labor MP’s laughable water claims

  A Federal Labor MP’s attempts to claim credit for driving a water plan being held up by the Rann Government were laughable, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   In his latest newsletter, Labor MP Steve Georganas says he   “…has ignited State Government interest in a water plan that would provide as much as…

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CDMA closure impact must be monitored

  Senator Simon Birmingham today called for ongoing monitoring of the impact on rural and regional Australians of Telstra switching off its CDMA mobile phone network later this month.   It follows today’s decision by the Communications Minister to allow closure of the network on 28 April, on the basis that Telstra had met the…

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States and Territories “gutless” on water reform

  Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham has described State and Territory Labor Governments, including in his own South Australia, as “weak and gutless” for their failure to bring Victoria into line in supporting comprehensive national management of the Murray-Darling Basin.   Speaking during today’s hearings of the Senate Environment Committee into the Water Bill 2007, Senator…

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Unions & lobbyists exempt in Labor grab for cash

  “Labor’s secret agenda to rig the political donations and disclosure system to give them an unfair political advantage has been exposed today,” Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters which today heard evidence as part of its inquiry into Labor’s plans to…

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Saving the Lower Lakes – Act now or tell us why not

  “Kevin Rudd, Penny Wong, Mike Rann and Karlene Maywald must either release emergency flows for the Lower Lakes or tell South Australians in clear and simple terms why they can’t,” Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham joined Independent Senator Nick Xenophon at a forum hosted by the Alexandrina Council in Goolwa today…

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Garrett thumbs nose at Senators, approves pipeline

  Environment Minister Peter Garrett has cynically approved a pipeline allowing Victoria to rip more water out of the Murray before a relevant Parliamentary Committee reports, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “In approving the north-south pipeline, Mr Garrett has today put water for Melbourne ahead of water for the Murray,” Senator Birmingham said today.…

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Coalition opposed to Communications Fund raid

  Coalition Senators have stated their opposition to a Bill enabling the Rudd Government to raid the $2 billion regional Communications Fund in order to fund its election promise of an ill-defined National Broadband Network, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Coalition Senators have issued a dissenting report on the inquiry by the Senate Standing…

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Exposed: Minister instructed non-attendance

  Senator Simon Birmingham has accused Environment Minister Peter Garrett of stalling in a bid to avoid scrutiny over the impact of the Rudd Government’s new means test on solar rebates.   It follows confirmation Mr Garrett instructed his Department to pull out of appearing at today’s Senate Committee first hearings into the impact of…

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