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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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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