O’Brien embarrassed by ‘Cartridgegate’ evidence

Finance Minister O’Brien must publicly explain why he tried to keep secret the extent of Treasury officers’ involvement in ‘Cartridge-gate following Under Treasurer Brett Rowse’s damning evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee. Mr Rowse confirmed eight Treasury officers had been identified as buying printer cartridges (some at inflated prices) from suspect companies…

Rau reannounces broken 2004 promise!

Deputy Premier Rau’s promise today to remove 800 poker machines was first made eight years ago, Shadow Gambling Minister Rob Lucas said today. In February 2004 former Premier Rann introduced legislation to Parliament and promised he would remove 3000 machines, reducing numbers from 15,000 to 12,000: “Premier Rann is today taking the challenge up to…