Labor Desal grant evaporates

  “Julia Gillard must today reveal why the Federal Labor Government’s smoke and mirrors funding con will leave South Australians paying higher water bills,” Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Labor promised $328 million to South Australia for the desalination plant at Port Stanvac.   The Australian Government will commit a further…

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Water waste more likely under Carbon Tax

  Labor’s carbon tax will be a disincentive for efficient irrigation water use and penalise some of Australia’s most efficient water users, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Irrigation water suppliers are warning that rising electricity bills will see an average irrigator’s water bill jump by $282, on top of the increased…

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Burke’s Basin Plan hypocrisy exposed

  The ABC’s reports today that Water Minister Tony Burke won’t support a bad Murray-Darling Basin Plan expose his hypocrisy and political game playing, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said.   ?On 4 April this year Minister Burke wrote to the Leader of the Opposition stating: ? ?”I have been concerned with recent statements you…

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Government can make savings start by axing carbon tax ads

  The Gillard Government should not waste one more cent on trying to sell to taxpayers its unpopular carbon tax, Acting Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Simon Birmingham said today.   A half-year report on Government advertising suggests the Gillard Government spent $16.8 million on media placement or ‘media buy’ for carbon…

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Government slammed over $223m Australia Network tender

  The Auditor-General’s report into the conduct of the Australia Network tender is a damning indictment of the handling of this tender by both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.   It demonstrates that the dysfunction at the heart of this Government is responsible for the ultimate corruption of this $223 million…

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Carbon tax to hit environment

  Labor’s carbon tax is perversely about to make it harder to help the environment, Acting Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Simon Birmingham said today.   Plastics recycling companies are warning they will have to cut hundreds of jobs or go broke due to soaring electricity costs.   The Gillard Government expects…

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