Minister urged to put CDMA switch off on hold

  The Communications Minister must heed the concerns of regional consumers in South Australia and elsewhere and put on hold Telstra’s planned CDMA network switch off, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Poor network coverage, conflicting advice from Telstra on handsets and poor levels of service are all among concerns related to me by South…

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Labor MP’s laughable water claims

  A Federal Labor MP’s attempts to claim credit for driving a water plan being held up by the Rann Government were laughable, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   In his latest newsletter, Labor MP Steve Georganas says he   “…has ignited State Government interest in a water plan that would provide as much as…

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CDMA closure impact must be monitored

  Senator Simon Birmingham today called for ongoing monitoring of the impact on rural and regional Australians of Telstra switching off its CDMA mobile phone network later this month.   It follows today’s decision by the Communications Minister to allow closure of the network on 28 April, on the basis that Telstra had met the…

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States and Territories “gutless” on water reform

  Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham has described State and Territory Labor Governments, including in his own South Australia, as “weak and gutless” for their failure to bring Victoria into line in supporting comprehensive national management of the Murray-Darling Basin.   Speaking during today’s hearings of the Senate Environment Committee into the Water Bill 2007, Senator…

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Water project matching funds better late than never

  Senator Simon Birmingham said today the Rann Labor Government’s belated commitment for a water recycling project that will save thousands of litres of wastewater being pumped out to sea was better late than never.   A multi-million dollar project for the wider reuse of water from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant, including watering the…

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Desperate and dateless on water

  Kevin Rudd needs to urgently set a date for a meeting with the states on saving the Murray-Darling Basin, Senator Simon Birmingham said today   Senator Birmingham said with the Murray-Darling left off of this week’s COAG meeting agenda, Mr Rudd needs to immediately set another date to bring the states into line and…

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Next G™ connection problems? Call me.

  Senator Simon Birmingham wants to hear from South Australians having difficulty with the transition from the soon to be closed CDMA mobile phone network to Telstra’s Next G™ network.   It follows Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s decision today to push back by three months to 28 April the switch off of the CDMA network.…

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Broadband approach a shambles – Coalition Senators

  Coalition Senators have attacked as ‘chaotic, shambolic and frantic’ the Rudd Labor Government’s approach to development of a National Broadband Network (NBN), Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Coalition Senators today lodged additional comments to the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee’s report into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network) Bill 2008.…

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Solar industry to outline means test pain

  A Senate inquiry will today hear evidence in Canberra from solar panel installers about the dramatic impact on the industry of the Rudd Government’s decision to means test the solar panel rebate scheme.   The Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts today begins its inquiry into the Save Our Solar (Solar…

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