Senate inquiry into Rudd’s Green Loans debacle

  The Coalition will today move* for a Senate inquiry into another environmental program bungled by the Rudd Government, affecting the livelihoods of thousands of Australians, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action Simon Birmingham said today.   The Green Loans program, now stripped of loans, will join the Home Insulation Program as both a completely…

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Green Loans blocked by Garrett’s paperwork delays

  More than 100,000 householders risk missing out on Green Loans because of horrendous delays in paperwork being returned to them, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “The revelation in Senate Question Time today is the latest example of gross failure on environmental policy by Minister Garrett and the Rudd Government,” Senator Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary…

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Garrett cops first Senate censure in five years

  The Senate today passed its first censure motion in five years, the first since the election of the Rudd Government, targeting the mismanagement of programs in Peter Garrett’s portfolio.   “Being censured by the Senate is a serious matter,” Coalition spokesman Senator Simon Birmingham said, “it is not done very often and it is…

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Garrett must give okay for officials to tell all

  Environment Minister Peter Garrett should direct his department to release all documents, and detail all advice, to a Senate inquiry into the Government’s now scrapped home insulation program at its appearance tomorrow, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   Departmental officials will tomorrow morning appear before the Senate inquiry at a hearing in Canberra to…

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Garrett: I announced the targets but they weren’t mine

  Environment Minister Peter Garrett is so embarrassed at his underperforming Green Loans program that he’s now trying to distance himself from any of the program’s targets, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   In a laughable television performance this morning, Mr Garrett also tried to blame Home Sustainability Assessors for the delays they’ve experienced in…

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