Government changing tack on water buybacks?

  Water Minister Tony Burke should state clearly whether the Government expects to spend all of the amounts budgeted for water buybacks in this and future years, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows Mr Burke signalling changes to the Gillard Government’s buyback program despite having criticised the Coalition’s proposal to…

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Digital TV switchover switches on a raft of problems

  Senator Simon Birmingham has heard a raft of complaints following December’s switchover to digital television in parts of regional South Australia.   “South Australians have reported a variety of problems caused by the switchover to digital TV,” Senator Birmingham said today.   “It is clear that people are facing problems with the switchover and…

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Gillard fails to deliver on Menindee Lakes promise

  Billions of litres in potential water savings remain unavailable to irrigators or the environment due to Julia Gillard’s failure to progress works at the Menindee Lakes water storage, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The re-engineering of Menindee Lakes in New South Wales headed a list of Labor priority projects at…

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MDBA advice confirms timing chaos in Murray-Darling plan

  Secret advice revealed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) under Freedom of Information laws shows that Government-imposed delays mean timelines required under the Water Act for finalisation of the controversial Basin Plan cannot be achieved.   The Incoming Minister’s Brief provided by the MDBA to Water Minister Tony Burke following his appointment in September…

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