Sue Boyce

  Sue Boyce is a good friend and wonderful colleague who I will miss greatly when she retires as a Senator for Queensland in 2014.   I have always enjoyed a special connection with Sue, the two of us having been sworn in at the same time on 8 May 2007 to fill casual vacancies.…

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Federal millions wasted on mothballed desal plant too

  Taxpayers deserve explanations from Federal and SA Labor about the spending of both federal and state taxpayer dollars on a mothballed desalination plant, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows SA Water’s shock announcement today that intends to ‘mothball’ the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant until at…

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South Australians should embrace World Rivers Day

  Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham is urging South Australians to photograph their favourite river location as part of a competition coinciding with World Rivers Day this month.   Senator Birmingham, the Coalition’s spokesman on the Murray-Darling Basin, is proudly supporting the “Rivers Matter” initiative, created by Australian not-for-profit group the International RiverFoundation.   People are…

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Greens flag higher prices in Labor’s carbon tax chaos

  Australians should brace for a higher carbon tax and higher electricity prices following comments from Greens Leader Christine Milne, Acting Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Milne yesterday flagged a significantly higher carbon tax in the near future following the Government’s announcement of European linkage with…

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Labor’s Murray-Darling Basin divisions exposed

  Reports today that Water Minister Tony Burke and Finance Minister Senator Wong have attacked those playing politics with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan provide a sharp rebuke of South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill.   Water Minister Tony Burke has warned that any MPs who vote against his plan for the Murray-Darling Basin will be…

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Carbon tax threatens SA footy community programs

  Threatened cutbacks to community development programs by the SANFL and member footy clubs highlight the real and unwanted impacts of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) is reportedly facing a $100,000 increase in electricity bills, while member clubs…

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Are you happy now, Minister?

  Water Minister Tony Burke should provide certainty to all Murray-Darling stakeholders by indicating quickly whether he is happy with the latest iteration of the Proposed Basin Plan released by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority today.   With just three weeks left for the States to provide further comment on the plan, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman…

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