Property taxes committee re-established

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has welcomed the decision today of Parliament’s Upper House to re-establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes and what are widely considered to be inequities in the current system. The Legislative Council has late this afternoon voted to appoint a select committee to inquire into property tax collection.…

Arrogant Foley goes into hiding

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas is calling on Treasurer Foley to come out of hiding to answer questions from South Australians angry at further broken promises by Mr Rann and Mr Foley. This follows the revelation the Rann Government will cut nearly 400 public service jobs by offering separation packages. “Ever since news of another broken…

Rann’s budget lurches into further crisis

Further evidence is emerging of the widespread implications of the Rann Government’s looming budget crisis and its unprecedented decision to delay the budget by four months, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The latest evidence relates to tender processes and recruitment of staff for government departments and agencies,” Mr Lucas said. “Information provided to the…

Grim growth rate forecasts for SA

Independent forecaster the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is predicting job and economic growth in South Australia this coming year to be only about half of the national rate, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. SACES’ May 2006 Economic Briefing Report released yesterday has predicted job growth in 2006-07 of only 1.25% in…

State budget out of control

Massive capital budget blowouts combined with massive unfunded election promises have the Rann Government’s budget spinning wildly out of control, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. This follows Mr Foley’s refusal to rule out delays in major transport and other infrastructure projects because of the cost blowouts. “The fact the state budget has been delayed…