Former Labor government in hot water as independent pricing inquiry finds Labor inflated water bills for consumers

An Independent Inquiry into Water Pricing in South Australia has found the former Labor government deliberately inflated the value of SA Water’s opening regulated asset base (RAB) to maximise profits and protect government revenues, driving up water bills for hardworking families and businesses.  The damning final report of the Inquiry, led by a former regulator and respected corporate leader Lew Owens,…

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Malinauskas accused of using taxpayer funds to pay for Labor Party advertising

Treasurer Rob Lucas today accused Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas of using taxpayer funds to pay for Labor Party authorised advertising attacking the Marshall Liberal Government. Since the State Budget the Labor Party has been running a series of radio commercials attacking the Marshall Liberal Government and aspects of the State Budget. “All of these commercials are clearly Labor Party commercials…

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Insurers AAMI, SGIC follow competitors’ lead and ‘floor’ their CTP rates for cars, utes

The State Government has welcomed the move by private insurers, AAMI and SGIC, to reduce CTP insurance premiums offered to private passenger vehicles and all light goods carrying vehicles, such as utes, to the lowest rate possible under full-competition. It follows a similar move by competitor QBE who, earlier this month, also responded quickly by reducing its CTP premium rates for…

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AEU bosses recommend teachers not write remarks on student report cards

Some students across South Australia will have brought home end-of-term report cards without any written teacher comments about their progress and ability, attitude or areas for improvement, following a ‘silly’ Australian Education Union directive designed to disadvantage students and parents. Union bosses from the AEU have recommended their members not provide parents and children any insightful, informative commentary on…

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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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