Rudd Government a serial offender at avoiding scrutiny

  Frustration at the Rudd Government’s apparent contempt for accountability has prompted Senator Simon Birmingham to ask what more can be done to ensure Senate Estimates questions are answered in a more timely manner.   Senator Birmingham has written to the Chair of the Senate’s Procedures Committee, Senator Alan Ferguson, to ask that the committee…

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Minister misleads on drought’s Murray tourism impact

  The Rudd Government should urgently develop strategies to boost tourism across the Murray River region suffering as a result of prolonged drought, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson to urge such an approach, following tourism industry concern at the tone of…

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Green Loans Program Fraud– Garrett Must Go

  The Rudd Government’s forced revelations of allegations of serious fraud, non-compliance and rorting of taxpayer’s money, is another example of Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s fundamental failure to manage major Government programs.   This revelation comes after the second cancellation and the release of the Hawke Report highlighting the widespread rorting, waste and safety concerns…

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Green Loans program leaves banks with a sour taste

  Banks have shed more light on Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s incompetent bungling of the Rudd Government’s Green Loans program, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   Details are contained in a submission from the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) to the Senate’s inquiry into the failed Green Loans program, which has…

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Garrett incompetence over Green Loans highlighted

  Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s incompetence has been highlighted in a key submission to an inquiry into the Rudd Government’s bungled Green Loans program, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), representing thousands of assessors badly affected by the Green Loans program’s appalling mismanagement,…

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Assessors put Green Loans fix ideas to Wong

  The Rudd Government must consider compensating the home sustainability assessors it has messed around and left out of pocket through its mismanaged Green Loans program, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The organisation representing assessors, and responsible for accreditation under the program, has put a range of proposals to…

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Wong should apologise, not seek congratulations

  In her third year as Water Minister, Senator Wong has finally committed to a $100 million investment in on-farm water infrastructure, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today   “Minister Wong and Kevin Rudd promised $5.8 billion for water-saving projects under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program, yet only now…

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