RANN’S claim on PPPs – WRONG!

Claims made last weekend by the Premier – through a spokeswoman – about probity concerns with Labor Party fundraisers and bidders for major government contracts were WRONG. “Last weekend, Mr Rann was under attack because he and his Ministers were involving themselves in major Labor Party fundraisers with bidders and advisers during the actual bidding…

Auditor-General should advise on probity issues

The Auditor-General should provide advice urgently on whether it is appropriate for the Premier and other Ministers to be involved in Labor Party fundraising events organised through SA Progressive Business with bidders and advisers involved in a public-private partnership bidding process. “For example, documents obtained under Freedom of Information demonstrate that during the expressions of…

SA Tourism budget CUTS

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) had made the first in a series of budget cuts by slashing an annual grant of $521,000 to the racing industry. Chief Executive Andrew McEvoy told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that the annual payment to Thoroughbred Racing SA for advertising and promotion, together with cuts in…

Questions that RANN MUST ANSWER

Premier Mike Rann’s office had today attempted to make an issue of the Liberal Party’s legitimate fundraising activities to deflect from a series of concerning reports in newspapers regarding Labor Party fundraising. “Given that his office has now begun to address the issue of fundraising, after a long silence, he must now come clean with…

Rann’s expanding WASTEline

Premier Rann’s own department had spent half a million dollars on a “policy development” consultancy at a time when the state budget was cutting important programmes and services. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet had engaged Boston Consultancy Group (BCG), a global strategic advice firm, to “deepen strategy and policy development capabilities across the…