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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‘Carbon Cop’ has more councils in its sights

  Ratepayers in more than 100 council areas around Australia stand to suffer yet another hit from the carbon tax, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   Clean Energy Regulator or ‘Carbon Cop’ officials have told a Senate Estimates hearing that, on top of those ten councils* recently named on a…

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Labor Desal grant evaporates

  “Julia Gillard must today reveal why the Federal Labor Government’s smoke and mirrors funding con will leave South Australians paying higher water bills,” Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Labor promised $328 million to South Australia for the desalination plant at Port Stanvac.   The Australian Government will commit a further…

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Water waste more likely under Carbon Tax

  Labor’s carbon tax will be a disincentive for efficient irrigation water use and penalise some of Australia’s most efficient water users, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Irrigation water suppliers are warning that rising electricity bills will see an average irrigator’s water bill jump by $282, on top of the increased…

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Burke’s Basin Plan hypocrisy exposed

  The ABC’s reports today that Water Minister Tony Burke won’t support a bad Murray-Darling Basin Plan expose his hypocrisy and political game playing, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said.   ?On 4 April this year Minister Burke wrote to the Leader of the Opposition stating: ? ?”I have been concerned with recent statements you…

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