States retain whip hand over Murray Darling Basin

  Kevin Rudd’s so-called historic agreement on national management of the Murray Darling Basin has left the States with too much control, Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “An analysis of the agreement reveals just how much power remains vested in the individual Basin States, and highlights the need for true national…

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Wong’s silence says so much

  Water Minister Penny Wong has today refused to indicate satisfaction with her Government’s current flawed deal governing management of the Murray Darling Basin.   The refusal came in an interview on Adelaide radio, following Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s policy announcement last night to deliver true national management of the Basin.   Senator Birmingham: “…is…

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Coalition will right Federation wrong

  Coalition policy announced last night by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will deliver true national management of the Murray Darling Basin.   “The founding fathers’ failure to provide for national governance of the Murray Darling Basin has resulted in more than a century of unsustainable pressure being placed on the system,” Coalition Murray Darling spokesman…

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Haiti Earthquake Disaster – Appeal for Donations to UNICEF

  Melissa Parke, Member for Fremantle, and Chair of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF, and Senator Simon Birmingham, the Association’s Deputy Chair have called on concerned Australians to donate to UNICEF’s emergency appeal in order to provide life-saving essentials for those affected by the Haitian earthquake.   Donations can be made by visiting www.unicef.org.au or by…

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Lessons from NSW floodwaters debacle

  The New South Wales floodwaters saga highlights the need for genuine national management of the Murray Darling Basin and should be a learning experience, Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham welcomed an in-principle agreement from the New South Wales Government to release ‘reasonable’ flows downstream but said the situation…

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Rudd should clarify mini-me envoy’s status

  The Rudd Government should clarify the status of its expensive Whaling Envoy and whether he’s in for the long haul, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows revelations, through Senate Budget Estimates, that the Envoy’s never-ending ’round the world mission’ of diplomatic dialogue has already cost taxpayers more than half a million dollars…

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Time running out to secure fair flow of floodwaters

  Acting Prime Minister Gillard and Premiers Rann and Keneally must give Murray Darling Basin officials in-principle approval to release emergency floodwater for downstream communities today, according to Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham.   The Basin Officials Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the floodwaters about to flow into the Menindee Lakes. This committee,…

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Time to renegotiate flawed Murray Darling deal

  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should convene an urgent meeting of Murray-Darling Basin State Premiers to negotiate truly national management of the system, Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The Rudd Government’s failure to achieve national management of Basin waters has been highlighted by New South Wales having total say on how…

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Federal delays to blame for ongoing Menindee waste

  Hundreds of billions of litres of water flowing from the Darling River into Menindee Lakes in New South Wales will be wasted thanks to delays in progressing long overdue federal infrastructure works, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Labor’s 2007 election policy promised that a Rudd Government would “accelerate investment…

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Northern rains highlight Rudd water failings

  Heavy rains and flooding in the northern catchments of the Murray Darling Basin will fail to deliver hoped for flows into the River Murray thanks to the Rudd Government’s failure to deliver on key infrastructure promises, Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said today   Labor’s 2007 election policy promised that a Rudd Government would “accelerate…

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