Wong forgets SA in Water Commission appointments

  Federal Water Minister Penny Wong has left South Australia out in the cold with her appointment of seven new members of the National Water Commission according to Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham.   Minister Wong announced the new appointments on Friday afternoon, electing to appoint a Canberra based chair, two commissioners each from New South…

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Rock climb must not be dropped

  Senator Simon Birmingham has today urged the Rudd Government to rule out closure of one of Australia’s most iconic tourism experiences.   His call follows release today by the Director of National Parks of a draft Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan, canvassing closure of the Uluru climb.   “Climbing Ayers Rock, or Uluru,…

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Bananas must not be allowed to split overseas

  The Rudd Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) must assure Australians that popular children’s television characters B1 and B2 are not about to become cheap cartoon imports, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows reports the ABC is considering retiring all episodes of Bananas in Pyjamas for a one-off payment to enable…

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Rudd Government must reverse business tourism cuts

  Senator Simon Birmingham has attacked the Rudd Labor Government for cutting funds to a key arm of Tourism Australia and says the effects are already being felt.   Tourism Australia has confirmed, through Senate Estimates, that the budget for Business Events Australia was cut by more than $600,000 – more than 10 per cent…

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Rudd Government must reverse business tourism cuts

  Three grants to surf life saving clubs for rainwater tanks after more than 18 months represents a monumental failure by the Rudd Government to honour an election promise, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   This program began as a very significant commitment during the campaign:   Anthony Albanese and Peter Garrett announced that a…

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Wong ducks for cover over Lower Lakes spending

  The Rudd Labor Government has attempted to avoid scrutiny in relation to the level of urgency being shown in addressing the health of the Lower Lakes, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   At Senate Budget Estimates, Senator Birmingham asked about the length of time being taken to start rolling out $10 million in funding…

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Rudd Government breaks Pirie water promise

  The Rudd Labor Government has broken its promise to give urgent attention to a major Port Pirie water recycling proposal, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The project is expected to reduce Port Pirie’s reliance on the River Murray by 60 per cent, yet Water Minister Penny Wong was unable to answer even basic…

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