Rains welcome, but Basin reform remains a priority

  Murray Darling inflows are welcome, but should not lull the Gillard Government into complacency over the need for reform in the Basin, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s River Murray Weekly Report issued today confirms that Despite major flooding in some Victorian tributaries, impacts in the…

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Labor without a water policy

  Labor stands condemned at this election for failing to release a single policy document on one of the most important issues to South Australians – water.   “Tony Abbott has released detailed and costed Coalition policies on both of his visits to South Australia – one on water conservation and the other on the…

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Labor’s last chance for any water policy

  As the last day before polling day, today is Labor’s last chance to release a policy on water, especially one on the needs of a desperate Murray Darling Basin, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “Tony Abbott has released detailed and costed policies on both of his visits to South Australia –…

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Coalition to deliver on Victoria Park wetland

  The Coalition will deliver a stormwater wetland in Victoria Park through a $4 million grant to the Adelaide City Council.   This commitment will assist with stormwater capture and reuse, further ease Adelaide’s demands on the Murray, assist with flood mitigation and allow the Adelaide City Council to fulfil their vision for Victoria Park.…

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Coalition’s Green Army projects (Birmingham-Griggs)

  Natasha Griggs today welcomed the Coalition’s announcement of four important Green Army projects totaling $500,000, made today by Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Senator Simon Birmingham.   Today’s significant announcement is part of the Coalition’s environmental workforce or “Green Army” of about 15,000 members.   “Only the Coalition will take real action to provide…

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Wong sticks to evasive formula on secret Basin Plan

  Water Minister Penny Wong has pointedly refused to say that no-one in her Government has seen the draft Basin Plan prepared by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The Basin Plan is expected to propose sustainable diversion limits, but its release has been delayed until after the election…

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Gillard continues to ignore Murray

  Julia Gillard continues to treat the plight of the River Murray with contempt, failing to mention it once despite a tediously long campaign launch speech today, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “It beggars belief that someone standing for the position of Prime Minister could fail to mention the issues facing the Murray-Darling Basin…

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Coalition strikes the right balance on Murray Darling

  The Coalition’s real action to safeguard the future of the Murray-Darling Basin has struck the right balance, winning positive responses from both irrigators and environmental campaigners, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “… the Coalition has raised the bar by committing to ensuring balance in the new Basin Plan ……

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