Rudd Government makes it easier to find banned websites

  The leaking of a supposed list of websites blacklisted by the Rudd Government highlights problems with its approach to cyber safety, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham is Deputy Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts and through the Estimates process has regularly questioned the Government on…

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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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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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