Labor’s carbon tax bureaucracy balloons

  The carbon tax isn’t even law yet but the Gillard Government has already started building the massive bureaucracy it needs to administer it, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   In response to questioning from Senator Birmingham in a Senate Supplementary Budget Estimates hearing this morning, the Department of Climate…

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Georganas breaks faith with people of Hindmarsh

  Steve Georganas today betrayed Adelaide’s western suburbs by voting for the carbon tax, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Today, Mr Georganas had the opportunity to restore faith with the people of his electorate,” Senator Birmingham said.   “Mr Georganas had the opportunity to stand up for the people of Hindmarsh, honour the…

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What else does Milne know?

  The Greens should come clean on all details they know about the Government’s carbon tax package but which are yet to be released or announced, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows what appears to be today’s latest example of Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne jumping the gun…

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Coalition gives voice to Australians on carbon tax

  The Coalition has given voice to thousands of Australians the Government tried to silence on the carbon tax debate, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham is one of five Coalition Members and Senators on a carbon tax legislation inquiry committee – dominated by nine Labor and Greens…

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Pressure pays off – ABC commits to SANFL coverage

  I welcome today’s announcement by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that it will start negotiations to continue televising South Australian National Football League (SANFL) football and other local sport beyond the current season.   This announcement is a pleasing response to last week’s resolution by the Senate, which I was pleased to sponsor with…

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Carbon tax shotgun inquiry begins in the dark

  The Gillard Government’s refusal to release updated modelling on its carbon tax will today see a farcical first hearing of the Labor-Greens dominated shotgun inquiry into the legislation, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and inquiry member Simon Birmingham said today.   Treasury officials are among those appearing before the Joint Select Committee this…

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