Ecstasy loophole in drug driving law

Drivers detected driving with ecstasy would not be penalised under the Rann Government’s new drug driving laws, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “It seems hard to understand why the Rann Government would decide on such a bizarre policy unless the explanation is that this is yet another ‘stuff up’ by Transport Minister Conlon,”…

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Victoria acts on ecstasy – why won’t Rann?

The Rann Government has been left red-faced by revelations that the Victorian Labor Government this year amended its drug driving legislation to include ecstasy as a prescribed drug, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “The changes to Victoria’s drug driving laws will take effect on 1 July, the same date as South Australia’s less…

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ABS issues three warnings on SA economy

Three separate sets of official economic figures issued this past week paint a bleak picture of South Australia’s current economic performance, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. These Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show: • SA’s economic growth over the last year was the second worst of all states and territories • SA’s business…

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Leaks symptomatic of Government under pressure

A continuing series of leaks from within the Government and the public service is a clear indication of a Government and Ministers under pressure and a budget in crisis, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Yesterday’s amazing revelation that Treasurer Foley was unaware that a key government agency that reports to him (the South Australian…

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Atkinson/Rann fail to stop Select Committees

An unprecedented lobbying campaign by Attorney-General Atkinson and Premier Rann failed to block the re-establishment of two critical Legislative Council Select Committees, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Liberal Members, supported by key Independent Members, voted this evening to re-establish the ‘Stashed Cash’ and Atkinson/Ashbourne Affair Select Committees to allow them to finish their jobs…

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Property taxes committee re-established

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has welcomed the decision today of Parliament’s Upper House to re-establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes and what are widely considered to be inequities in the current system. The Legislative Council has late this afternoon voted to appoint a select committee to inquire into property tax collection.…

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Rann Govt must answer questions on DNA database

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today that the Rann Government had to accept responsibility for its role in ongoing problems with managing the state’s DNA database identified by Judge Shaw in her scathing judgement last week. While the Police Commissioner will speak on behalf of police officers, Judge Shaw’s judgement raises a number of…

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