Rudd’s dodgy deal leaves Rann as impotent as Hans Blix

  The Rudd Government’s failure to achieve national management of the Murray Darling Basin has reduced South Australian Premier Mike Rann’s influence to that of letter writing, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   South Australian Water Security Minister Karlene Maywald this morning said Premier Rann is writing to the Prime Minister…

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Coorong Christmas confusion

State and Federal Labor Government Water Ministers must explain an apparent state of confusion over the future of the Coorong and Lower Lakes, Coalition Murray Darling spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows a whole new round of consultation that commenced this week, more than three months after consultation closed on the previous release…

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Action for Lower Lakes highlights failure upstream

  Today’s release of a draft Lower Lakes and Coorong Recovery plan is welcome as it places focus back on the crisis in the Murray Darling Basin, Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “The South Australian Government’s draft Lower Lakes and Coorong Recovery Plan highlights the continued crisis in the Murray Darling Basin,…

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Water tenders should not be impeded by States

  The Rudd Government must guarantee that all holders of water licences in the areas concerned will be able to take part in tenders announced today, Coalition spokesman on the Murray Darling Basin Simon Birmingham said today.   The Government today announced three tenders totalling $270 million will be conducted in the southern connected River…

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2 reports in 2 days highlight flaws in Murray Darling plan

  State Labor Government roadblocks to effective national management of the Murray Darling Basin have been highlighted by a second major independent report in two days, newly appointed Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Today’s National Water Commission report on water trading has restated key concerns in yesterday’s Productivity Commission report on market…

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Productivity Commission highlights failed national agreement

  The Rudd Government’s continuing failure to achieve effective national management of the Murray Darling Basin has today been highlighted by the Productivity Commission, newly appointed Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The Productivity Commission today released its Draft Report on Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin.   “The Government’s…

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20 years on and still much to do

  Senator Simon Birmingham has used today’s 20th anniversary of a landmark human rights treaty to urge support for UNICEF in its ongoing work to save children’s lives.   The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 20 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly and has become the most ratified human…

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Murray Darling Basin and climate change roles

  Senator Simon Birmingham says he is looking forward to helping achieve better outcomes for the Murray Darling Basin and stronger action on climate change, after his appointment as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary today.   “The Murray Darling remains one of, if not the, most important policy challenges facing South Australia and I have pursued issues…

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What is contemptuous Wong hiding?

  Water Minister Penny Wong has today demonstrated contempt for the Senate and for open accountability in relation to intended water savings for the Murray-Darling Basin, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Wong used a Budget Estimates hearing last week to reveal that $1 billion in promised water infrastructure funding would be withheld while…

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