National Broadband Network – Select Committee

 Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia) (16:49) I join Senator Macdonald in seeking to have the Senate take note of the first of what are designed to be regular reports from the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN-a committee that, like Senator Macdonald, I am a member of. This committee was intended to be the primary body…

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COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

 Senator BIRMINGHAM: (South Australia) (18:22): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. This is a shocking issue that I brought to the attention of the Senate. I was pleased at the time that it passed the Senate without dissent and that condemnation of the decisions of the South Australian Labor government was…

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Product Stewardship Bill 2011 – Second Reading

Senator BIRMINGHAM: (South Australia) (10:28): It is a pleasure to speak on the Product Stewardship Bill 2011. This bill establishes a national framework to support voluntary co-regulatory and regulatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes to provide for the impacts of a product being responsibly managed both during and at the end of its…

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FOREIGN AID – ADJOURNMENT SPEECH

SENATOR BIRMINGHAM:(South Australia) (7:01 PM) -I rise to speak on a matter of great importance for Australia-that is, foreign aid. Foreign aid is truly a tale of hopes and despairs. Hopes spring within people who can see a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel of suffering, while despair crushes those enduring…

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