Weatherill spends $449 million to reduce public servants – What happened?

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Weatherill Labor Government had spent $448.7 million on separation packages to reduce the number of public servants yet had actually increased the number of public servants by 3501. This is yet another example of the financial mismanagement and incompetence of the Weatherill Labor Government. Clearly whilst the Government is spending millions…

Weatherill’s new water slug

The State Liberals have described evidence presented to a Parliamentary Committee that the Weatherill Government forced SA Water to borrow $71 million to pay a $71 million extra dividends to the Weatherill Government as outrageous. “This meant the Weatherill Government ripped $193 million out of SA Water’s coffers even though their net profit for 2016/17 was only $134…

Labor owe you $757,500

The State Liberals are demanding that the South Australian Labor Party repay South Australian taxpayers the $757,500 gifted to One Community SA to run a blatant political campaign. The Auditor-General’s Report tabled in Parliament yesterday said that the One Community SA grant; “…included messages a reasonable person could interpret as being designed to influence support for a political party.” Report of…

Weatherill loses fight to keep secret the names of his staff

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today accused the Weatherill Labor Government of being the most secretive Government in the State’s history. Premier Weatherill and his Ministers have fought for almost 12 months against the release of the names of all the staff employed in the Ministers’ office. Mr. Weatherill employs almost 300 staff in Ministers’ offices and over the years they have…

Another multi-million dollar Weatherill Government Bungle

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has accused the Weatherill Government of another stunning example of financial mismanagement and incompetence which will cost taxpayers $6.75 million this year and in future years $3.7 million per year. In 2012 the parliament passed government legislation which made it clear superannuation would not be paid on state parental leave payments which the government stated was…

State Liberals firm on GST

The State Liberals have today reaffirmed their commitment to oppose any GST reforms that would disadvantage South Australia. “The State Liberals will absolutely not support any GST reforms that disadvantages South Australians,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “We have consistently held and stated this position at every opportunity in the GST reform conversation. “The draft Productivity Commission Report released today has…

Western Australia rejects state bank tax

In another blow to the Weatherill Government’s plans to introduce a state bank tax the newly elected Labor Government in Western Australia has ruled out imposing a similar tax in that state.  Western Australia Treasurer Ben Wyatt: ‘… you don’t rush into new revenue measures without having an understanding of the broader economic consequences. I will continue to watch South Australia,…