Green Loans assessors rally against Government mess

  The Rudd Government is rightly being condemned by Green Loans home sustainability assessors protesting outside Parliament House this morning, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   “Green Loans has been a monumental breach of promise and a monumental case of mismanagement by Peter Garrett and the Rudd Government,” Senator Birmingham…

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Wasteful $15 million cash splash

  The Rudd Government’s wasteful spending has reached the point of farce, handing out $15 million for shower timers, sticky tape and ceiling fans instead of its promised Green Rewards Cards, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   “Having broken its promise, the Government should have apologised for its stuff up…

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Senate orders release of PM’s secret letters

  The Senate has today insisted on the release of correspondence to the Prime Minister about the Rudd Government’s disastrous Home Insulation Program that has been kept secret for months.   Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham has welcomed the Senate’s decision to support his motions*, moved on behalf of the Coalition, for the…

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Senate seeks release of Green Loans review findings

  The Senate has today insisted on the release of review findings into the Rudd Government’s bungled Green Loans program that have been kept secret for weeks.   Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham has welcomed the Senate’s decision to support his motion*, moved on behalf of the Coalition, for the tabling of independent…

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Rudd Government concedes: $50 vouchers just too hard

  The Rudd Government has given Australians further reason to question whether it believes in anything by axing a promised rewards card it never managed to deliver under its bungled Green Loans program, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   “The cancellation of the mythical $50 Green Rewards Card represents a…

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Wong should release Green Loans review findings

  The release of review findings into the Rudd Government’s bungled Green Loans program will be pursued by the Coalition in Parliament this week*, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The failed Green Loans program has left 100,000 Australians unable to access the promised loans, and thousands of assessors out…

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Government knew deaths were possible, but proceeded

  Damning new information on the Rudd Government’s disastrous home insulation program shows the Government was ignoring its own warnings, including of possible deaths, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The bungled $2.5 billion scheme left an estimated 240,000 homes with dangerous or sub-standard insulation and has been linked with…

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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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