Rudd Government ‘Indian givers’ to SBS

  Supposed extra funding for SBS might be little more than an accounting trick, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The Rudd Government claimed in its recent budget that it was allocating additional funding of $20 million over three years to SBS.   However, in Senate Budget Estimates today it was revealed that the Government…

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Senators united in opposing pipeline

  Coalition, Greens and Independent Senators have today expressed unusually strong and united opposition to the Victorian Government’s Sugarloaf Pipeline now under construction, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The parties have taken the rare step of issuing a consensus dissenting report to the Government-controlled majority report for the Senate inquiry into the Water Amendment…

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Missing water will cost millions

  The failure to include water issues and management of the Murray-Darling Basin on the agenda for tomorrow’s COAG meeting will cost taxpayers millions in legal fees, according to Liberal Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham.   The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meets in Hobart tomorrow.   “With South Australia threatening to take Victoria…

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The warning label Mr Rudd should have at COAG:

  Plans by the Prime Minister to talk about alcohol warning labels at the COAG meeting in Adelaide today but not the River Murray just aren’t good enough according to South Australian Senator Simon Birmingham.   “Making alcohol producers put warning labels on their products is an easy decision for a Prime Minister looking for…

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Rann’s evaporating commitment on water projects

  Thousands of megalitres of water are being wasted in South Australia because the Rann Labor Government’s commitment to valuable water conservation projects had all but evaporated, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows confirmation overnight, under questioning from Senator Birmingham in Senate Estimates hearings, that major water projects earmarked for South Australia had…

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A not-so-public execution

  Using the State Budget as a media shield, the South Australian Branch of the Labor Party will today execute one of their own, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   First-term Senator Linda Kirk is set to lose her endorsement in favour of factional and union boss Don Farrell at a preselection being cynically…

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Waste inquiry not a waste for the environment

  Waste management will be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, after the Senate passed a motion moved by Senator Simon Birmingham this morning.   The move comes as the federal and state governments claim to be working towards a phase-out of single-use plastic bags by 2009, but with the Rudd Government flip flopping on…

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Unions confirm they expect to run the show

  Unions have given further indications they expect to get their way if a Rudd Labor Government is elected, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows Kevin Rudd failing to stand up to the unions, allowing Right faction powerbroker and union heavyweight Don Farrell to be pre-selected on Thursday at first spot on the…

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