Wage cost blowouts pressure budget

The Rann Government’s dismal record on wage cost blowouts is placing extraordinary pressure on the budget bottom line, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “In fact, over the last four budgets, actual wage cost increases have blown out by more than 100% at a cost to the budget bottom line of hundreds of millions of…

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Government divisions over separation packages

There is a major division between two senior Rann Government Ministers over how they will achieve their key Budget measure of cutting 1571 public service jobs, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “In yesterday’s Budget lock-up Treasurer Kevin Foley made it clear to journalists that targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSPs) would be offered to public…

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Foley’s defence destroyed by own words

Claims by former Police Minister Kevin Foley that he concealed the results of a police investigation because it was an operational matter for police are laughable and without substance, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. It has been revealed this week that, prior to the election, the Police Commissioner gave Mr Foley the results…

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