Another Parliament, another report damns the Government

  Another damning indictment of the Government’s management of environmental programs has been released today, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) today released* its Performance Audit Report into Labor’s failed $300 million Green Loans Program.   “The ANAO has confirmed the systemic problems already…

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Deeds, not words, will count, Minister

  Newly appointed Water Minister Tony Burke will be judged by his deeds rather than more words such as those offered today, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Mr Burke has today signalled a shift by Labor towards the Coalition’s position of understanding and addressing the impacts on Basin communities of water…

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Gillard election promise exposed as worthless

  A Julia Gillard election promise on stormwater harvesting has been exposed as hollow, with the South Australian Government today confirming it won’t make a contribution, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   During the election campaign, Prime Minister Gillard announced her Government would provide up to $10 million for the Waterproofing Eastern…

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Labor’s hypocrisy on Murray Darling

  Julia Gillard’s re-allocation of portfolios has exposed the hypocrisy of Labor’s election campaigning on the Murray Darling Basin, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Under the new arrangements, South Australian Senator Penny Wong will no longer be Water Minister, a role to be taken by Sydney’s Tony Burke.   Senator Wong’s South…

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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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