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#estimates wrap up - 2013 Election Eve Estimates

Tempers were high during this session, as evidenced by unusually corrosive contempt from Foreign Minister Carr, as well as Senator Bishop’s spectacular tantrum which put Senator Doug Cameron’s tea in extreme danger. 

A strange sense of inevitability hung over proceedings, with all involved aware that this would be the last session with the present set of Government Ministers. 

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Resources and Energy

Scott Ludlam 5 Jun 2013

Budget Estimates Monday 3 June 2013 - Economics Committee

Senator LUDLAM: I have three quick issues to raise in the brief time remaining. If it was not already canvassed before I got here, I understand that DRET commissioned CSIRO to prepare a report on residential energy efficiency, the residential ratings project. Has that been received by the department and when are you proposing to release it?

Mr Divall : Senator, could I just ask the name of the report you are after?

Senator LUDLAM: The residential ratings project.

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New minister should bring fresh approach to radioactive waste debacle

The departure of Martin Ferguson from the Cabinet presents a circuit breaker for the Federal Government to progress a real solution for Australia's radioactive waste problem, the Greens said today.

"If responsibility for the waste site is to remain with Mr Gary Gray's portfolio, he should immediately move to drop the campaign to dump the waste at Muckaty Station," said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam.

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