Senators united in opposing pipeline

  Coalition, Greens and Independent Senators have today expressed unusually strong and united opposition to the Victorian Government’s Sugarloaf Pipeline now under construction, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   The parties have taken the rare step of issuing a consensus dissenting report to the Government-controlled majority report for the Senate inquiry into the Water Amendment…

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Missing water will cost millions

  The failure to include water issues and management of the Murray-Darling Basin on the agenda for tomorrow’s COAG meeting will cost taxpayers millions in legal fees, according to Liberal Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham.   The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meets in Hobart tomorrow.   “With South Australia threatening to take Victoria…

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The warning label Mr Rudd should have at COAG:

  Plans by the Prime Minister to talk about alcohol warning labels at the COAG meeting in Adelaide today but not the River Murray just aren’t good enough according to South Australian Senator Simon Birmingham.   “Making alcohol producers put warning labels on their products is an easy decision for a Prime Minister looking for…

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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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Minister urged to put CDMA switch off on hold

  The Communications Minister must heed the concerns of regional consumers in South Australia and elsewhere and put on hold Telstra’s planned CDMA network switch off, Senator Simon Birmingham said today.   “Poor network coverage, conflicting advice from Telstra on handsets and poor levels of service are all among concerns related to me by South…

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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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CDMA closure impact must be monitored

  Senator Simon Birmingham today called for ongoing monitoring of the impact on rural and regional Australians of Telstra switching off its CDMA mobile phone network later this month.   It follows today’s decision by the Communications Minister to allow closure of the network on 28 April, on the basis that Telstra had met the…

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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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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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