Drakes Supermarkets seek permanent exemption from shop trading laws for its West Beach store

A vocal opponent of the Marshall Government’s bid to reform SA’s ‘silly, antiquated’ shop trading laws has asked Treasurer Rob Lucas for a permanent Ministerial exemption to open one of his supermarkets outside prescribed trading hours, to avoid having to reduce its floor area to comply with the law.  Treasurer Rob Lucas said Managing Director…

Merit-based selection panel to oversee appointment of SA Employment Tribunal Commissioners

The State Government has announced it has formed a panel of five leading legal, industrial and workplace employment professionals to oversee a merit-based selection process for the appointment of Commissioners to the SA Employment Tribunal (SAET). Treasurer Rob Lucas said the expert panel, to be chaired by former Senior Deputy President of the Fair Work…

Statement regarding Nyrstar ownership

One of the world’s largest independent commodity trading companies, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, has advised that it has entered into an agreement and has committed to interim funding arrangements of US$250 million as part of a process to secure a restructuring deal with Nyrstar’s financiers. The agreements are an important step towards the successful completion of the restructuring, which would…

Modernising road maintenance

The Marshall Government will be extending its 20-year partnership with industry to modernise South Australia’s approach to maintaining our road network as announced in last year’s State Budget.  Currently, about 60 per cent of the annual road maintenance budget is delivered by industry through external contracts.  The State Government will soon release a tender for the maintenance of the…

Shorten short-changes South Australia

 The State Government has called on the Shorten Labor Opposition to commit to the full $126 million budgeted by the Federal Coalition over the forward estimates towards completion of the North-South Corridor, with the ALP short-changing South Australia by $31 million.  Treasurer Rob Lucas also accused both Mr Shorten and State Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas of completely backing away from…

Car dealerships and boat yards granted State Government exemption to trade on Easter Saturday

All motor vehicle and boat dealerships across the city and suburbs will be permitted to trade on the Easter Saturday public holiday, having been granted a special State Government exemption under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977. Treasurer Rob Lucas said, under the Act, car dealerships and boat yards are considered non-exempt shops regardless of their…

Drug cheat Lance Armstrong paid $1.5 million in secret Labor TDU deal – that’s a whole lot of lycra

The State Government can finally reveal disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong was paid $1.5 million by the former Labor government to race in the 2009 Tour Down Under – the first of three lucrative TDU contracts kept hidden from the SA public for ten years. Details of Armstrong’s contract – which also included two first-class return airfares, hotel accommodation and…