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Government steps in to fix NBN satellite service

The Abbott Government today announced that NBN Co will spend more than $34 million to purchase additional satellite capacity for users of the National Broadband Network's (NBN's) Interim Satellite Service (ISS)and provide access to satellite broadband for another 9000 consumers.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Government had been forced into action to clean up another Labor mess.

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Labor falters in defence of the indefensible – Conroy’s NBN legacy

Labor’s attempt to whitewash its appalling record with the National Broadband Network through a Senate committee has only exposed the stunning incompetence of its former communications minister, Senator Conroy.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, a member of the Senate Select Committee on the NBN, said the interim report of the Labor-dominated committee tabled in the Senate today was a transparent attempt to mislead the Australian public.

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Senate inquiry to hold public hearing in Loxton

Loxton will host a public hearing of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee as it investigates fruit fly management in South Australia.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the public hearing, to be held on 16 April, was for the committee’s inquiry into the implications of the use of fenthion on Australia’s horticultural industry.

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Labor NBN $351m lost in space

Taxpayers have subsidised poorly performing satellite broadband services to the tune of $7300 per user thanks to the former Labor government’s incompetence in managing the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said Estimates hearings this week continued to unearth stunning examples of Labor’s waste and incompetence while in government.

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Time to think big about Australian agriculture

South Australia’s agricultural community is being urged to have its say on the future of the industry following the release today of an issues paper on agricultural competitiveness by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.

Minister Joyce, who in December released the Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, has called on Australians to get involved in the process.

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Future of citrus in industry’s hands – report

A more representative industry structure, better resourced market access efforts and urgent steps to prepare for and deal with biosecurity issues are key recommendations in a report on the Australian citrus industry tabled in Federal Parliament today.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the report on a review of the industry conducted by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee earlier this year found that while the citrus industry faced numerous challenges they were not insurmountable.

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Government cuts red tape on the Murray

The Abbott Government today moved to cut unnecessary red tape by disallowing an ecological listing on the River Murray below the Darling junction made by the previous Labor government.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said communities, landholders and businesses in the River Murray corridor would welcome the move.

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Rural Clinical Schools shift balance back to the country

Rural Clinical Schools (RCSs) are attracting new doctors to regional areas, while students training in regional locations are achieving comparable or better academic results.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the success of the program was helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of Australian rural and regional communities.

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Rural Clinical Schools shift balance back to the country

Rural Clinical Schools (RCSs) are attracting new doctors to regional areas, while students training in regional locations are achieving comparable or better academic results.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the success of the program was helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of Australian rural and regional communities.

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Korea-Australia FTA a boost for SA farmers

News that Australia and South Korea have concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will be welcome news for South Australian farmers.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the FTA, announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier today, would benefit many Australian industries and agriculture in particular.

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