Basin Plan Guide a last-minute scramble

  A last-minute handover of a key economic report will only create further doubt in the minds of stakeholders about the thoroughness of the Murray-Darling Basin reform process under the Gillard Government, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It was revealed in Senate Estimates this morning, under questioning from Senator Birmingham, that the…

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Government spend-up on never-ending climate talks

  Australian taxpayers are paying millions of dollars for round-the-world travel by public servants attending global talks on climate change at a rate of more than one global gathering per week, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   The Gillard Government spent $2.74 million on travel by public servants to attend…

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Insulation clean up costs $98 million… so far

  Cleaning up the Gillard Government’s insulation disasters has so far cost Australian taxpayers $98 million with the meter still running.   The mounting cost of inspections and related rectification work was revealed this evening by departmental officials in Senate Supplementary Budget Estimates under questioning from Senator Simon Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.…

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Labor’s Murray-Darling Basin contradictions

  Labor must speak with one tongue on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.  “The more Labor talks about Murray-Darling Basin reform the more they contradict each other,” Senator Birmingham said.  “According to Julia Gillard they will do whatever it takes to implement the MDBA’s plan.  “According to Tony Burke…

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Tony Burke must front up

  Water Minister Tony Burke must front up and attend some of the Community Information Sessions being conducted by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority into its Guide to the proposed Basin Plan.   More than 600 concerned and passionate locals attended the first of these sessions in Shepparton today, expressing their frustrations at the proposals within…

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Labor must rule out slashing water saving infrastructure

  The Gillard Labor Government must rule out slashing investment in water saving infrastructure projects, the Coalition’s Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It’s been revealed today that the Government is considering “redirecting” significant funds from water saving infrastructure projects.   “When Julia Gillard promised more money for water buybacks during the election…

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