Parliament will maintain pensioner concessions

The State Liberals have reassured South Australia’s 160,000 pensioners that the South Australian Parliament will protect their entitlement to the $190 council rates concession. “The State Liberals and the minor parties in the Upper House will block any attempt by Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to cut pensioner’s entitlements to council rate concessions,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob…

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Weatherill: Shorten is irrelevant

Premier Jay Weatherill has today made the extraordinary claim that Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten is “not relevant” and cannot make a difference. The shock statement was made just hours before Mr Shorten is expected to deliver his budget response. Premier Weatherill made the claim on ABC Radio this morning: “He’s not relevant. He can’t…

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Unbudgeted $857m GST windfall for SA

South Australia is set to benefit from an unbudgeted GST windfall of $857 million, announced in the Federal Budget. “The Federal Budget has confirmed an increase of $857m in unallocated or unbudgeted GST funding to SA over the next three years,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “The simple reality is that next year the extra…

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Labor’s part-time government

The Weatherill Labor Government is running a part-time government with six Cabinet Ministers on leave at a time when South Australia needs strong leadership. The six Cabinet Ministers on leave at the moment are: • Gail Gago on leave from 16-24 April 2015 inclusive; • Leon Bignell on leave from 16 April – 2 May…

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