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…

More Rann Govt FINANCIAL DISASTERS

Under Treasurer Jim Wright today confirmed that for the third consecutive Budget year, the Health Department had overspent its budget by between $50 million and $100 million, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “In evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, Mr Wright today confirmed that the Health Department had again…

CEO wants change to Govt TVSP policy

Evidence to a Parliamentary Committee had confirmed public service job cuts would be greater than the announced 1600 and that there were concerns that savings targets would not be met if the number of separation packages was restricted to 1600, Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today. Ray Garrand, CEO Department of Further Education, Employment and…