Garrett’s Department faces solar inquiry at last

  A Senate inquiry today has an opportunity to make the Rudd Government come clean on the impact of its much criticised means test on solar panel rebates, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Environment Department officials responsible for the rebate program’s administration are scheduled to appear today, after they were an eleventh hour…

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Department and Minister at odds over VSU

  Revelations in Senate Estimates show that Youth Minister Kate Ellis is at odds with her Department in no less than three areas over the review into voluntary student unionism.   Senator Simon Birmingham said Ms Ellis and officials today contradicted each other on: 1.    the timing of when the report into VSU was provided…

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Less for more, with nothing in store

  Taxpayers are spending more to install smaller solar systems thanks to the Rudd Government’s means testing of the $8000 solar panels rebate, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Environment Department officials responsible for administration of the rebate scheme made the revelations at hearings in Brisbane today of a Senate inquiry into the much…

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Government can move ahead on Murray without new drain

  The Senate’s decision to block the controversial Melbourne pipeline has been enthusiastically welcomed by Senator Simon Birmingham as an historic opportunity for the Rudd Government.   The Senate has this evening voted 33-20 in favour of an amendment to the Government’s Water Amendment Bill 2008 blocking the construction and operation of the heavily criticised…

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Why should SA regions wait for broadband?

  Communications Minister Stephen Conroy needs to explain how he will provide broadband in a timely manner to underserved areas of regional South Australia, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Conroy is part of celebrations in Minlaton today for the Broadbanding the Yorke Peninsula project, funded by the Federal and State Governments as…

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Improved Water Bill in Rudd’s court

  Kevin Rudd has the opportunity to pass strengthened and improved legislation rescuing the Murray-Darling Basin after its passage through the Senate today, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The Senate has this afternoon passed the Rudd Government’s Water Amendment Bill 2008, with the blockage of Melbourne’s controversial pipeline and a $50 million emergency package…

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Senators in Adelaide to hear people talk rubbish

  Adelaide today plays host to a Senate Committee inquiring into the management of Australia’s waste streams.   Today’s is the first of four public hearings – in four different cities – being held as part of an inquiry initiated by South Australian Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham with a wide brief to examine how Australia…

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Peter Garrett still in denial on solar means test

  Peter Garrett continues to be in denial as the only person in Australia who still thinks imposing a means test on the solar panel rebate scheme will somehow help to combat climate change.   Today’s report by the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts confirms the negative impact the means test…

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