MURRAY DARLING BASIN – Ministerial Statement

SENATOR BIRMINGHAM: (South Australia) (5:05 PM) -I am pleased to join Senator Joyce in taking note of the ministerial statement on the Murray-Darling Basin. I welcome the ministerial statement and the release of the legal advice that was tabled by Minister Burke yesterday, but the core question that needs to be answered is: why did…

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MPI – Murray Darling Basin

Senator Birmingham: (South Australia) (5:15 PM) -Madam Acting Deputy President Kroger, congratulations on your appointment to the office of Acting Deputy President, which I am sure you will fill well. This Labor government simply cannot manage a reform agenda. Anything of substance, anything of note, that they touch just turns into mush, turns into waste,…

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RENEWABLE ENERGY (ELECTRICITY) AMENDMENT BILL 2010

Senator Birmingham: (South Australia) (12:31 PM) -It is my pleasure to rise to contribute to this debate on the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2010, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Charge) Amendment Bill 2010 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Small-scale Technology Shortfall Charge) Bill 2010. At the outset, I restate the coalition’s strong commitment to the…

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PAID PARENTAL LEAVE BILL 2010

Senator Birmingham (South Australia) (10:22 AM) -It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010 and the Paid Parental Leave (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010, and to follow some distinguished and admirable comments from many of my colleagues in this place from all sides of the chamber on this very…

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HOME INSULATION SCHEME – MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Simon Bimringham: (South Australia) (3:37 PM) -by leave-I move: That the Senate take note of the statement. I rise to speak once more, as many have in this House, on the Home Insulation Program-the topic of the ministerial statement given yesterday by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, Mr Combet. It was given…

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HOME INSULATION PROGRAM – MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Senator Birmingham: (South Australia) (5:09 PM) -by leave-I move: That the Senate take note of the statement. At the outset, I thank the minister for the courtesy of providing a copy of the statement shortly before making her remarks. This is clearly ‘air the dirty laundry’ day for the government. The visit by President Yudhoyono…

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HOME INSULATION PROGRAM – QUESTION WOTHOUT NOTICE

Simon Birmingham : (South Australia) (3:26 PM) -Sadly, this Home Insulation Program has become one of the greatest tales of ministerial incompetence that this parliament has seen. It does not just surround one minister-poor, hapless Minister Garrett, who has been the focus of so much of the attack. Indeed, from the very top to the…

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FAIRER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES (MEDICARE LEVY SURCHARGE) BILL 2009 [NO. 2]

 Senator Birmingham (South Australia) (11:57 AM) -I thank the Senate for the opportunity to speak on these important pieces of legislation, the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 [No. 2] and the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge-Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009 [No. 2]. These are measures that speak volumes of…

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