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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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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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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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Labor gives away $328m for no river benefit

Labor gave away $328 million for Adelaide’s desalination plant without requiring the South Australian Government to give up water from Adelaide’s River Murray entitlement.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said Federal money for the plant should have been contingent on a reduction in Adelaide’s draw on the River Murray.

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Nishi building a beacon of Labor waste

Taxpayers have been lumped with a $150 million green lemon by the former Labor government’s reckless decision to lease Canberra’s Nishi building for the Department of Climate Change.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the deal was a beacon of Labor’s reckless spending and waste.

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Icebreaker lost in Labor's Budget 'Bermuda Triangle'

Labor’s appalling management of the Budget has left no provision to replace the ageing research and supply icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Abbott Government was committed to replacing the vessel and ensuring Australia’s Antarctic program continued.

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