Former Labor government spent $2.9m on taxpayer-funded State Budget advertising campaigns

The former Labor government spent $2.9 million of taxpayer funds on advertising campaigns to promote its own 2017-18 State Budget, in what’s been described as a ‘desperate last-ditch attempt to cling to power’. The former Labor government spent $1.5 million on its ‘Growing Jobs Today’ campaign, $470,000 on its ‘Jobs Accelerator Grant’ campaign, and $922,000…

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State Budget media lock-up changes

The reformist Marshall Liberal Government has decided to implement massive reforms to the arrangements for media access to their technology during the State Budget media lock-up. Treasurer Rob Lucas has decided to allow all those attending Tuesday’s budget media lock up access to their mobile phones, tablets and Wi-Fi during the lock-up to assist in…

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Former Labor government ignored Treasury opposition and shelled out $29m in Future Jobs Funds grants and loans to businesses

The former Labor government flagrantly ignored the expert advice of its own treasury officials and shelled out $5.48 million in taxpayer-funded jobs grants and another $23.6 million in loans to businesses, some of which had been evaluated as ‘high risk’. Treasurer Rob Lucas said as many as 7 companies that either failed grant criteria or…

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State Government to push ahead with establishing SA Productivity Commission

The State Government will keep one of its key election commitments to establish an SA Productivity Commission through administrative arrangements rather than through legislation through the Parliament. The decision has been made following ‘unreasonable, unworkable and untenable’ amendments to the SA Productivity Commission Bill 2018 insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers in the Legislative…

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