Unions confirm they expect to run the show

  Unions have given further indications they expect to get their way if a Rudd Labor Government is elected, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows Kevin Rudd failing to stand up to the unions, allowing Right faction powerbroker and union heavyweight Don Farrell to be pre-selected on Thursday at first spot on the…

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Labor MP’s laughable water claims

  A Federal Labor MP’s attempts to claim credit for driving a water plan being held up by the Rann Government were laughable, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   In his latest newsletter, Labor MP Steve Georganas says he   “…has ignited State Government interest in a water plan that would provide as much as…

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Patience on River Murray is wearing thin, Mr Rudd

  The Prime Minister yesterday confirmed he is passing the buck on the River Murray, contrary to his pre-election assurance that the buck would stop with him.   Senator Simon Birmingham said Mr Rudd’s refusal to engage himself in negotiations with Victoria over national management of the river was a breach of faith with South…

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States and Territories “gutless” on water reform

  Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham has described State and Territory Labor Governments, including in his own South Australia, as “weak and gutless” for their failure to bring Victoria into line in supporting comprehensive national management of the Murray-Darling Basin.   Speaking during today’s hearings of the Senate Environment Committee into the Water Bill 2007, Senator…

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South Australians say Next G™ not yet as good as CDMA

  Poor network coverage, conflicting advice from Telstra on handsets and poor levels of service are among key concerns South Australians have with making the transition to Telstra’s Next G™ network, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham invited South Australians to report their experiences and concerns, following the Communications Minister’s decision in January…

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Water project matching funds better late than never

  Senator Simon Birmingham said today the Rann Labor Government’s belated commitment for a water recycling project that will save thousands of litres of wastewater being pumped out to sea was better late than never.   A multi-million dollar project for the wider reuse of water from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant, including watering the…

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Minister’s sudden reluctance to advertise his views

  Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has gone to great pains to avoid saying whether he believes “in program” advertising on SBS is in accordance with its obligations under its Act, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Senator Conroy has become remarkably coy on this matter as Minister, given his past comments as Shadow Minister when…

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Future of Solar Rebate in the Dark

  The Rudd Government must guarantee the future of the solar rebate program, after refusing even to commit to it still being available by the New Year.   A failure to commit more funding means the program is surviving only on a week-by-week basis.   Under questioning in Senate Estimates, Senator Penny Wong has dodged…

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