Just 6 days to lodge carbon tax submissions

  Australians have less than a week to make submissions on Julia Gillard’s carbon tax that she explicitly promised to never introduce.   Yesterday the Labor-Greens dominated inquiry into the 1,100-plus pages of carbon tax legislation resolved to give Australians just six days to make submissions to the inquiry, despite the massive impact this tax…

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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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NWC Report a strong call to arms for action

  The National Water Commission today released its third biennial assessment of the National Water Initiative and water reform in Australia.   The report highlighted the slow pace of water reform, stating:   “Nationally there has been disappointingly slow progress in the explicit identification of over allocated and overused systems and in restoring those systems…

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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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