“Pensioner Watch” phone in for Work Bonus recipients

  Senator Simon Birmingham is urging South Australian Age Pensioners subjected to the Rudd Government’s onerous Work Bonus reporting requirements to contact him with details of any difficulties experienced.   Under new arrangements, any age pensioners earning an income are required to report fortnightly or face receiving a ‘nil payment’.   “People who reach Age…

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Labor split on ID for voting

  The integrity of Australian elections would be improved if the Labor Government accepts the position of a senior Minister who has publicly supported proof-of-identity requirements at polling stations, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, which has previously explored the issues relating…

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Wong forgets SA in Water Commission appointments

  Federal Water Minister Penny Wong has left South Australia out in the cold with her appointment of seven new members of the National Water Commission according to Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham.   Minister Wong announced the new appointments on Friday afternoon, electing to appoint a Canberra based chair, two commissioners each from New South…

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Rock climb must not be dropped

  Senator Simon Birmingham has today urged the Rudd Government to rule out closure of one of Australia’s most iconic tourism experiences.   His call follows release today by the Director of National Parks of a draft Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan, canvassing closure of the Uluru climb.   “Climbing Ayers Rock, or Uluru,…

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Bananas must not be allowed to split overseas

  The Rudd Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) must assure Australians that popular children’s television characters B1 and B2 are not about to become cheap cartoon imports, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows reports the ABC is considering retiring all episodes of Bananas in Pyjamas for a one-off payment to enable…

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