Seniors brace for carbon tax price hit

  Senior Australians’ concerns at power bill rises highlight the looming impacts of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   National Seniors has warned that expected price hikes for electricity and gas will wipe out advance carbon tax compensation payments made to retirees in recent weeks.  …

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SA power prices up due to carbon tax

  South Australians will be paying more for electricity and gas than they should, due to the carbon tax.   The rising cost of living is already a challenge for South Australian families and adding another price hike to rising bills is a real blow.   The Prime Minister should apologise to South Australian families…

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‘Pink Batts’ multi-million dollar debt lingers

  Australian taxpayers have been owed so much for so long from Labor’s $2.5 billion ‘Pink Batts’ disaster that the Gillard Government is calling in the debt collectors, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   A lingering ‘Pink Batts’ or Home Insulation Program debt of $21.8 million has been detailed by…

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Carbon Cop rent hike adds to Labor’s carbon tax pain

  Australian taxpayers are footing an even bigger bill for Labor’s ballooning carbon tax bureaucracy as a result of a steep hike in building rent, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   Rent for the Canberra building to accommodate the Clean Energy Regulator or ‘carbon cop’ has jumped $1.3 million a…

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Tony Burke, what do you want?

  Water Minister Tony Burke has today disowned the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s latest draft Basin Plan but has failed to outline what changes he will demand, according to Coalition Basin spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham.   ?Today Minister Burke stated: ? ?“We are not yet at a point where I believe we’ve got documents in front…

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Buck stops with Government on bungled tender

  Damning evidence today has sheeted home blame for the bungled $223 million Australia Network tender process to the Gillard Government, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers today revealed in Senate Estimates, under questioning from Senator Birmingham, that confidential material was leaked to media sources from within the Government.…

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