Carbon tax inquiry a Labor farce from day one

  Today, the parliamentary inquiry into Labor’s carbon tax legislation met for the first time.   The desire of the Labor-Green-Independent alliance to avoid scrutiny and exert total control over this process was evident.   Using their majority, they scrapped parliamentary convention for a Government-nominated Chair to be offset by an Opposition-nominated Deputy Chair.  …

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Another week, another Basin Plan delay

  For the second week in a row a delay to the release of the proposed Basin Plan has been announced.   ?Originally the proposed Basin Plan was to be released in mid-2010. It was then promised that release would occur in early 2011. The promised release date was then pushed back to August 2011.…

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Burke gives Windsor the bird on buybacks

  Water Minister Tony Burke has signalled his intention to ignore a key recommendation of a bipartisan parliamentary inquiry on Murray-Darling Basin reform, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows the Murray-Darling Basin Authority today further delaying until at least mid-October the release of its proposed Basin Plan.   The parliamentary…

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Gillard fails on Menindee Lakes promise

  Billions of litres in potential water savings appear to have been lost to irrigators and the environment due to Julia Gillard’s failure to progress works at the Menindee Lakes water storage, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The re-engineering of Menindee Lakes in New South Wales headed a list of Labor…

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