Garrett’s green grants going gangrenous

  Two of the Government’s leading climate change policies are looking fatally flawed because of the inaction and indifference of Environment Minister Peter Garrett, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senate Budget Estimates last night revealed that no progress had been made since the election on implementing the Government’s $300 million Green Loans policy…

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WA business outlines its solar pain

  Western Australian solar panel installers will today tell of the damage caused to their business by the Rudd Government’s means test on solar panel rebates, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Today’s Senate committee inquiry hearing follows those in Adelaide, Melbourne and also Canberra, where Environment Department officials responsible for the rebate program’s…

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Rudd Government going nowhere on plastic bags

  The Rudd Labor Government has all but abandoned its policy position of phasing out single use plastic bags in the face of high economic costs, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Under questioning in Senate Budget Estimates late yesterday, it was revealed the economic cost of banning plastic bags would be $78 million…

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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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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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