Debate challenge a stunt, but you’re on!

  The Coalition’s Murray-Darling Basin spokesman has today indicated he is willing to debate his Labor counterpart any time and anywhere on the future of the Murray Darling Basin.   Senator Simon Birmingham was today responding to Penny Wong’s desperate attempt to divert attention from her Government’s inaction: “… I am laying down a challenge…

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Wong promises more of the same

  Penny Wong has today confessed that after three years of failure and missed opportunities for the Murray Darling Basin another term in office for Labor would mean more of the same, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “I can tell you what a re-elected Gillard Government will do – we will continue…

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Wong debate hypocrisy

  Penny Wong has resorted to desperate stunts to divert attention from her Government’s lack of attention to the plight of the Murray-Darling Basin, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   “… I am laying down a challenge to Barnaby Joyce: Barnaby, release your water policy and come here to Adelaide and debate me…

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Labor Ministers play word games while Murray suffers

  Federal and State Labor Water Ministers must urgently clarify the status of federal funding for Adelaide’s desalination plant, Coalition Murray Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows South Australian Minister Paul Caica’s insistence, contrary to Federal Minister Penny Wong’s public statements, that a federal condition to reduce reliance on the River…

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Labor fails to deliver on Basin reform – Again!

  Labor has once again failed to deliver on Murray Darling Basin reform, with delays to the release of the proposed Basin Plan creating yet more uncertainty for everyone.   Labor has massively underspent and under-delivered on budgeted water saving infrastructure throughout its term, failing to deliver priority water saving infrastructure programs and failing to…

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Insulation inquiry recommends Royal Commission

  Nothing less than a Royal Commission is needed into the Rudd/Gillard Government’s disastrous Home Insulation Program, according to a damning Senate inquiry report released today*.   Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham moved for and participated in the Senate’s inquiry into the Energy Efficient Homes Package, a key measure of which was…

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