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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ABC and SBS appointments costly and time consuming

  Today’s appointment of new Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) Board members has cost too much and taken too long, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Questions asked by Senator Birmingham in recent Senate Additional Estimates revealed the new board appointment process had cost more than $200,000, with the new…

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Senate tells Rudd: Stop this pipeline

  The Australian Senate has again sent an unequivocal message to Kevin Rudd that the North-South Pipeline, which will send 75 billion litres of water a year to Melbourne, must be stopped.   Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said this Senate action followed the defeat of Coalition amendments to block the pipeline by Kevin Rudd and…

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  Efforts to save the iconic Snowy River have been specifically secured as a result of Opposition amendments in the Senate to the Water Amendment Bill 2008.   This demonstrates that claims by Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding of threats to the Snowy, as a result of Coalition and Greens amendments, are bare-faced lies.  …

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