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…

Mineral exploration approved at Lake Gairdner

The State Government has finalised approvals to permit mineral exploration at Lake Gairdner, situated 150km north-west of Port Augusta in South Australia’s Gawler Ranges. Treasurer Rob Lucas said the process for the approvals – granted under the Aboriginal Heritage Act and which have the expressed support of local native title holders – began under the former Labor government. In July…

Easter Monday retail trade approved for the suburbs as SA joins rest of the nation

In a South Australian first, the Marshall Liberal Government has announced it will give all retailers in suburban Adelaide the opportunity to trade on Easter Monday. Treasurer Rob Lucas made the decision to grant the special exemption under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 in response to considerable demand and support from South Australian consumers and retailers for greater freedom…

Shop trading exemption granted in Millicent for Easter Saturday and Geltwood Festival Market Day

Millicent retailers will be able to trade on Easter Saturday and Geltwood Festival Market Day next month to capitalise on an influx of visitors and tourists to the region after the State Government granted special exemption under existing shop trading laws. Treasurer Rob Lucas granted the exemption to the Millicent Proclaimed Shopping District under the Shop Trading Hours Act…

Payroll tax cut information campaign

 A State Government advertising campaign to inform thousands of South Australian small businesses of the abolition of their payroll tax will begin today.  The six-week campaign across Adelaide and regional SA, includes radio, television and digital advertising and features two South Australian small businesses – Beach Road Wines In McLaren Vale and the Basin Haircutters in…

South Australia standout economy: ANZ Stateometer

The Marshall Liberal Government has welcomed the latest ANZ Stateometer report which shows South Australia’s economy was the standout among all states and territories, experiencing above trend growth and improving economic conditions in the December quarter. “It’s encouraging to see another report showing the strong performance of the South Australian economy, with business activity both above trend and accelerating at…

$329 million GST write-down for next year

Latest figures released by the independent Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) estimate a cut of $329 million next year (2019-20) in total GST funding to South Australia. The CGC has released its 2019 Relativity update which estimates that SA will get $6,946 million in GST funding next year, compared with the estimate of $7,275 million included in SA’s Mid-Year Budget Review, released…