Murray-Darling loses $20m and 200 GL in bad agreement

  The Auditor-General has been asked to investigate the Gillard Government handing over $20 million of Murray-Darling Basin water efficiency money for a pipeline project in New South Wales that doesn’t even deliver any water savings.   It follows revelations in this week’s Senate Estimates that federal funding for the pipeline between Orange and the…

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Funds flow despite collapsed agreement

  The Gillard Government is handing over $20 million to the New South Wales Government for a water project despite the collapse of the agreement under which it was committed.   Federal departmental officials confirmed in Senate Estimates today, under questioning from Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham, that funding for a pipeline between Orange…

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No science behind 950 GL MDBA target split

  The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) appears reluctant to appreciate the importance of robust science underpinning its plans for reduced water use across the Basin, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows confirmation in Senate Estimates today, under questioning from Senator Birmingham, that there is no scientific basis for the Authority’s split…

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SA left behind on NBN rollout

  South Australia is being left behind all other states on the rollout of Labor’s hapless National Broadband Network (NBN), Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   NBN Co – the Government owned company charged with delivering the NBN – today released its rollout schedule confirming there is no NBN construction currently underway in South Australia…

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Losses keep mounting on home insulation

  Taxpayers are still owed millions of dollars from Labor’s disastrous $2.5 billion Home Insulation Program, linked to at least four deaths and more than 200 house fires.   The mounting losses have been revealed by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) today in response to questioning from Senator Simon Birmingham in…

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Labor’s carbon tax bureaucracy balloons

  The carbon tax isn’t even law yet but the Gillard Government has already started building the massive bureaucracy it needs to administer it, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   In response to questioning from Senator Birmingham in a Senate Supplementary Budget Estimates hearing this morning, the Department of Climate…

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Georganas breaks faith with people of Hindmarsh

  Steve Georganas today betrayed Adelaide’s western suburbs by voting for the carbon tax, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Today, Mr Georganas had the opportunity to restore faith with the people of his electorate,” Senator Birmingham said.   “Mr Georganas had the opportunity to stand up for the people of Hindmarsh, honour the…

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What else does Milne know?

  The Greens should come clean on all details they know about the Government’s carbon tax package but which are yet to be released or announced, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows what appears to be today’s latest example of Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne jumping the gun…

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