Inflated claimed water savings must be investigated

  Claims that estimated water savings underpinning a controversial planned pipeline have been inflated must be investigated, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The claims have today been presented by the ‘Plug the Pipe’ campaign to a Senate committee inquiry into a Bill designed to prevent the Sugarloaf or ‘North-South’ pipeline from sending 75 billion…

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Pipeline must be stopped

  Plans to rip out an extra 75 billion litres of water a year from the Murray-Darling Basin should be abandoned in light of revelations the stressed system might already not be able to meet basic human needs, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham said it was astonishing that the Victorian and Australian…

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Garrett should ensure independent Lower Lakes assessment

  The Rudd Federal Government should use its power to ensure the impact of flooding the Lower Lakes with seawater is assessed independently, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham announced he has written to Environment Minister Peter Garrett urging him to require independent oversight of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared on…

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Double disappointment delivers Debt Day for Australia

  Limited measures to help the Murray-Darling Basin passed as part of an overall package plunging Australian taxpayers into crippling debt for years to come are a double disappointment, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “The small steps secured today towards providing relief for the Murray-Darling are welcome, given that the system needs all the…

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What about Murray projects that might deliver savings?

  Today’s commissioning of water pipelines for Lower Lakes communities serves to highlight inaction on projects that actually save water, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “I welcome today’s final commissioning ceremony for pipelines providing greater water security for Lower Lakes communities,” Senator Birmingham said today. ”This important and worthy project will be of great benefit…

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Wrong priorities for ABC

  The Rudd Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) had demonstrated a very strange set of spending priorities in recent months, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham, as Deputy Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, has today been involved in questioning the taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s management in…

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No guidelines, no lenders = no Green Loans

  A key election commitment of the Rudd Government appears to be in disarray and no closer to reality nearly two years after first being promised, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Ongoing delays have already beset the Government’s Green Loans program, details of which were announced on Budget night last May.   Questioning in…

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Pipeline approval conditions worthless to Murray

  Rudd Government assurances that water ripped out of the Murray-Darling Basin and piped to Melbourne would be matched by increased environmental flows appear to have been exposed as baseless, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The proposed extraction of up to 75 billion litres of water a year towards Melbourne’s urban water supply has…

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