Rann Inquiry into Atkinson/Ashbourne ‘inept’

Explosive evidence from the Rann Government’s former senior legal adviser has seen Mr Rann’s inquiry into the Atkinson/Ashbourne affair described as ‘inept’, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Former Crown Solicitor Mike Walter QC, in evidence to the Legislative Council Select Committee in to the affair, dismissed Mr Rann’s inquiry conducted by his Departmental Chief…

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HOLDEN – Total job losses up to 4200

Total job losses resulting from the closure of the third shift and cuts in production at Holden will be between 2800 and 4200 jobs, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Whilst everyone is obviously disappointed for the 1400 Holden workers and their families directly impacted by this decision, we need to remember another 1400-2800 workers…

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PROPERTY TAX concerns to be aired

Significant concerns about South Australia’s property taxation system will be aired this afternoon in the first public hearing of a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. The Liberal Party succeeded in establishing a Select Committee to inquire into all matters relating to the issue of property taxes…

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Atkinson kept critical documents secret

Damning evidence today to the Atkinson-Ashbourne Select Committee from a senior police officer has confirmed that Attorney-General Michael Atkinson kept a number of documents secret from the original police inquiry, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. Superintendent Peter Simons, who was in charge of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) inquiry, today confirmed that key documents held…

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Opposition to Howells reappointment

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has criticised the reappointment of Stephen Howells as the Presiding Member of the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA). “Mr Howells’ conduct in his time as Presiding Member already has drawn much criticism, and the Rann Government should not have reappointed him,” Mr Lucas said today. “Whilst gambling issues are conscience issues in…

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Pallaras fires more missiles at Rann Government

There were further fiery exchanges between the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Rann Government at today’s hearing of the Legislative Council inquiry into the Atkinson/Ashbourne affair, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Rann Government Minister Paul Holloway tried to further antagonise Mr Stephen Pallaras QC through a series of questions and statements which…

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NOW WE KNOW WHY RANN WANTED IT KEPT SECRET

Stunning evidence from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to the Atkinson-Ashbourne inquiry helps explain why Mike Rann and his Ministers have tried to cover up the affair right from the start, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Mr Stephen Pallaras today revealed that he believes Mike Rann’s Senior Legal Adviser, Mr Nick Alexandrides, made…

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