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,…

Obscene pre-election advertising splurge now more than $4 million

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today Jay Weatherill’s obscene taxpayer funded pre-election advertising splurge was now more than $4 million and likely to grow further over the coming months. The following costs to taxpayers have now been revealed: • Jay Weatherill’s Energy Plan: $2.6 million • Job Accelerator Grant Scheme: $1 million plus • New Royal Adelaide Hospital:…

Nuclear Commission has some waste of its own

 Documents obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information have revealed some outrageous costs incurred by the Weatherill Government’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency (CARA).  The documents show the CARA budget blew out by $400,000 to $7.6 million, with key highlights including;  The documents show the CARA budget blew out by $400,000 to $7.6…

Premier’s Department to give evidence to Budget and Finance Committee

Excessive government advertising and expenditure on the State Government’s energy plan will today be under the spotlight, as senior officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet appear before the Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee. Premier Weatherill’s $5 million energy policy unit, headed by former Labor staffer Sam Crafter, and the details of the Weatherill…

Labor’s Groundhog Day budget

The State Liberals are warning South Australians that today’s State Budget will contain a raft of re-heated proposals dressed up as new initiatives as the old, tired and lazy Weatherill Government seeks to cling to power for another four years. In the face of rising unemployment Jay Weatherill has promised to ‘double down’ on his…

Labor must rule out post-Budget political advertising

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Government to rule out wasting taxpayer funds on political advertising following Thursday’s State Budget. “The Weatherill Labor Government’s track record on misusing and abusing public money on political advertising is abysmal,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “At a time when South Australian households and businesses are struggling…

Time to cut nuclear dump costs

The State Liberals are demanding that Premier Jay Weatherill disbands the nuclear Response Advisory Board he established as part of his plan to make South Australia the world’s radioactive dump. “For Jay Weatherill to continue to fund the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency (CARA) and its Advisory Board after he has…