Rock climb must not be dropped

  Senator Simon Birmingham has today urged the Rudd Government to rule out closure of one of Australia’s most iconic tourism experiences.   His call follows release today by the Director of National Parks of a draft Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan, canvassing closure of the Uluru climb.   “Climbing Ayers Rock, or Uluru,…

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Bananas must not be allowed to split overseas

  The Rudd Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) must assure Australians that popular children’s television characters B1 and B2 are not about to become cheap cartoon imports, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows reports the ABC is considering retiring all episodes of Bananas in Pyjamas for a one-off payment to enable…

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Rudd Government must reverse business tourism cuts

  Senator Simon Birmingham has attacked the Rudd Labor Government for cutting funds to a key arm of Tourism Australia and says the effects are already being felt.   Tourism Australia has confirmed, through Senate Estimates, that the budget for Business Events Australia was cut by more than $600,000 – more than 10 per cent…

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Rudd Government must reverse business tourism cuts

  Three grants to surf life saving clubs for rainwater tanks after more than 18 months represents a monumental failure by the Rudd Government to honour an election promise, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   This program began as a very significant commitment during the campaign:   Anthony Albanese and Peter Garrett announced that a…

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Wong ducks for cover over Lower Lakes spending

  The Rudd Labor Government has attempted to avoid scrutiny in relation to the level of urgency being shown in addressing the health of the Lower Lakes, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   At Senate Budget Estimates, Senator Birmingham asked about the length of time being taken to start rolling out $10 million in funding…

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Rudd Government breaks Pirie water promise

  The Rudd Labor Government has broken its promise to give urgent attention to a major Port Pirie water recycling proposal, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The project is expected to reduce Port Pirie’s reliance on the River Murray by 60 per cent, yet Water Minister Penny Wong was unable to answer even basic…

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Kimba TV coverage features in Senate estimates

  Television coverage for Kimba and surrounding areas was high on the agenda of Senate estimates hearings last week, with Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham pursuing the broadcast boundaries that cause the Kimba area to receive Imparja ahead of local Southern Cross GTS/BKN television.   Senator Birmingham pursued the issue at hearings with the Australian Communications…

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All blubber, no bone in Government whaling plans

  Environment Minister Peter Garrett has decided that he should attend the meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Portugal next month instead of his much touted Whaling Envoy, Sandy Hollway, it was revealed today.   Questioning in Senate Estimates today revealed that despite spending more than $309,106.36 for Mr Hollway’s fees and travel costs,…

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