Government response to damning Ombudsman report

The Ombudsman today has published a report of his investigation into the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure pursuant to a referral dated 3 April 2018 under section 24(2)(c) of the Independent Commission against Corruption Act 2012. The investigation covered expenditure and actions during the period of the former Labor Government. The Minister of DPTI at the time was Stephen Mullighan…

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Union bosses’ full-day school strike designed to cause maximum chaos for parents, students

The State Government has expressed great disappointment in the decision by the Australian Education Union to create ‘unnecessary confusion, disruption and chaos’ for parents, grandparents and students by pushing ahead with a full-day school strike on Monday, in the final week of Term 2. Treasurer Rob Lucas said hard-working South Australian families and children would be unfairly punished by the…

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Government calls on AEU to ‘put children first’ and postpone strike until school holidays

The State Government has urged union bosses at the Australian Education Union to show some compassion, common sense and courtesy towards parents, grandparents and students by postponing their full-day school strike a week to coincide with the start of school holidays. Treasurer Rob Lucas said hardworking families shouldn’t be unfairly punished by union bosses’ insistence on industrial action, which could see…

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Tick of approval from independent global ratings agencies

Independent global ratings agencies, Moody’s and S&P Global, have both given the Marshall Liberal Government’s second State Budget a tick of approval, with the Government applauded for its ‘solid financial management’. The agencies have publicly endorsed the Government’s sustainable budget program which includes a significant projected increase in net debt to fund a pipeline of productive, job-creating infrastructure, with Moody’s describing…

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State Budget remains in surplus as Marshall Government builds a stronger economy, invests in big job-creating infrastructure

The Marshall Liberal Government’s second State Budget projects a modest surplus in 2019-20 and across each year of the forward estimates despite a significant write-down in forecast GST grant revenues. The 2019-20 State Budget’s net operating surplus of $94 million in 2019-20 maintains the strong fiscal record of the Marshall Liberal Government whilst growing the economy and…

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Housing stimulus package to boost construction industry, grow local jobs and help more South Australians break into property market

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced a sweeping $104.5 million housing stimulus package in the 2019-20 State Budget that will grow local jobs, support the local construction industry and assist more South Australians, particularly first-home buyers, break into the property market. The centerpiece of the Government’s stimulus package is $21.4 million for the South Australian Housing Authority to undertake…

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Government offers 2.35% p.a. pay rise for state’s teachers and an extra $13 million for more than 200 highly accomplished teachers in schools’ EA deal

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced it has made a formal enterprise agreement offer to the Australian Education Union and the Public Service Association of SA on behalf of the state’s 28,000 teachers, principals and support staff, which includes salary increases of 2.35 per cent per annum up until May 2022. The offer – worth more than $699…

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Corporate bookies ‘wrong’ on betting operations tax impact, concludes independent report

Claims made by corporate bookies and others that a significant reduction in the betting operations tax (BOT) rate would lead to an overall increase in wagering revenues to Government have been dismissed as wrong by an independent report. Treasurer Rob Lucas said that Treasury officials had long held the view that any potential reduction in the betting operations…

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