Inquiry should investigate possible Basin Plan interference

  A Parliamentary inquiry should consider whether Water Minister Tony Burke has interfered with the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) preparation of its Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   Senator Birmingham has written to the chair of an inquiry into the Basin Plan’s effects on regional Australia, Independent MP Tony Windsor,…

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Burke must rule out interference in MDBA decision

  Water Minister Tony Burke must rule out interfering in the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA’s) decision making surrounding last year’s release of its Guide to the proposed Basin Plan or else explain why he did interfere, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows revelations in Senate Additional Estimates this morning that the Authority only…

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Government changing tack on water buybacks?

  Water Minister Tony Burke should state clearly whether the Government expects to spend all of the amounts budgeted for water buybacks in this and future years, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   It follows Mr Burke signalling changes to the Gillard Government’s buyback program despite having criticised the Coalition’s proposal to…

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Digital TV switchover switches on a raft of problems

  Senator Simon Birmingham has heard a raft of complaints following December’s switchover to digital television in parts of regional South Australia.   “South Australians have reported a variety of problems caused by the switchover to digital TV,” Senator Birmingham said today.   “It is clear that people are facing problems with the switchover and…

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Gillard fails to deliver on Menindee Lakes promise

  Billions of litres in potential water savings remain unavailable to irrigators or the environment due to Julia Gillard’s failure to progress works at the Menindee Lakes water storage, Coalition Murray-Darling Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said today.   The re-engineering of Menindee Lakes in New South Wales headed a list of Labor priority projects at…

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