Weatherill loses fight to keep secret the names of his staff

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today accused the Weatherill Labor Government of being the most secretive Government in the State’s history. Premier Weatherill and his Ministers have fought for almost 12 months against the release of the names of all the staff employed in the Ministers’ office. Mr. Weatherill employs almost 300 staff in Ministers’ offices and over the years they have…

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Another multi-million dollar Weatherill Government Bungle

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has accused the Weatherill Government of another stunning example of financial mismanagement and incompetence which will cost taxpayers $6.75 million this year and in future years $3.7 million per year. In 2012 the parliament passed government legislation which made it clear superannuation would not be paid on state parental leave payments which the government stated was…

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State Liberals firm on GST

The State Liberals have today reaffirmed their commitment to oppose any GST reforms that would disadvantage South Australia. “The State Liberals will absolutely not support any GST reforms that disadvantages South Australians,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “We have consistently held and stated this position at every opportunity in the GST reform conversation. “The draft Productivity Commission Report released today has…

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Western Australia rejects state bank tax

In another blow to the Weatherill Government’s plans to introduce a state bank tax the newly elected Labor Government in Western Australia has ruled out imposing a similar tax in that state.  Western Australia Treasurer Ben Wyatt: ‘… you don’t rush into new revenue measures without having an understanding of the broader economic consequences. I will continue to watch South Australia,…

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Treasury confirms bullying claims against Atkinson

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that FOI applications had confirmed there had been two claims of bullying made in workers compensation claims by former staff of Michael Atkinson MP. The Weatherill Government must now come clean and reveal what the total cost to taxpayers has been for the settlement of these bullying claims against Mr Atkinson. Treasury replies to two…

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Nuclear Commission has some waste of its own

 Documents obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information have revealed some outrageous costs incurred by the Weatherill Government’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency (CARA).  The documents show the CARA budget blew out by $400,000 to $7.6 million, with key highlights including;  The documents show the CARA budget blew out by $400,000 to $7.6…

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Golden Handshake for Former DPC Executive

Premier Jay Weatherill needs to explain to South Australian taxpayers why his former Department of Premier and Cabinet CEO, Mr Kym Winter-Dewhirst, received an estimated $137,500 payment when he chose to resign. In yesterday’s Budget Estimates it was revealed that Mr Winter-Dewhirst was given a payment amounting to a quarter of his $550,000 a year…

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