Climate change ads on the way, Labor Senator confesses

  A Labor Senator has today let the cat out of the bag on the Gillard Government’s planned taxpayer funded climate change advertising blitz, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   South Australian Senator Annette Hurley, who chairs the Senate’s Economics Committee, has late today confirmed the Government intends to use…

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What exactly does Tony Windsor know?

  Chairman of the Inquiry into the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in Regional Australia, Tony Windsor, must confirm if he knows more than the Government has let on about the Basin Plan.   ?Mr Windsor has reportedly today suggested the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, now preparing a proposed Basin Plan, is revising downwards the…

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Gillard must not dust off climate change ad binge plans

  Julia Gillard must not dust off plans to use taxpayers’ money as part of a carbon tax sales pitch, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows revelations, under Freedom of Information legislation, of the Labor Government’s plans for a multi-million dollar taxpayer funded political ad blitz in early…

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Labor and Greens must rule out carbon tax ad binge

  Labor and the Greens must rule out a taxpayer funded advertising campaign to sell their carbon tax, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows strong signals in the last 24 hours from Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Greens Senator Christine Milne that a carbon tax advertising blitz is…

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Murray-Darling: Labor won’t back its own board

  It is untenable for the Water Minister and his newly appointed Chair of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority to neither express confidence in the Authority’s board nor explain why or how they plan to fix it, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Tony Burke and Craig Knowles were both interviewed for a Four…

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MDBA Board resignation raises more questions

  Water Minister Tony Burke must guarantee that neither he nor Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Chair Craig Knowles encouraged Dr Diana Day to resign from the MDBA board, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “Given recent media reports that Mr Knowles has been planning to sideline the board and Mr Burke planning to…

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Inquiry should investigate possible Basin Plan interference

  A Parliamentary inquiry should consider whether Water Minister Tony Burke has interfered with the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) preparation of its Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to the chair of an inquiry into the Basin Plan’s effects on regional Australia, Independent MP Tony Windsor,…

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Burke must rule out interference in MDBA decision

  Water Minister Tony Burke must rule out interfering in the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) decision making surrounding last year’s release of its Guide to the proposed Basin Plan or else explain why he did interfere, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows revelations in Senate Additional Estimates this morning that the Authority only…

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