What are you hiding, Rory?

Rory McEwen today stands accused of trying to hide potentially critical documents by ignoring strict deadlines under Freedom of Information legislation. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today that, on 6 July 2007 FoI requests were sent to Minister McEwen for all documents in his Ministerial office relating to Mr McEwen and…

Where are the $30m ICT savings?

Recent evidence given to a Parliamentary Committee by senior public servants has raised doubts about whether the Rann Government’s claimed $30 million a year savings in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) costs were actually being achieved. The Chief Executives of Education and Health have told recent meetings of the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee…

Rann appointments update

Premier Rann must explain publicly his reasons for continually appointing so many people with connections to the Labor Party to key Government Boards and Committees. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today it is clear that if you are a ‘Labor Mate’ or have a close association with the Labor Party, your…

Agencies not meeting reporting requirements

Some government agencies are not complying with accountability requirements in terms of meeting time requirements for the tabling of annual reports in Parliament. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today the Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) should again investigate this issue and report on the accountability of agencies to the public by…

Black hole in shared services savings

Another black hole has emerged in the Rann Government’s claimed $130m in savings from its shared services centre proposal after evidence to a Parliamentary Committee from a senior public servant. The CEO of the Department of Families and Communities, Sue Vardon, this week gave evidence to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and stated…