WorkCover stonewalls aged care providers

South Australian aged care providers have ‘run into a brick wall’ with their protest to WorkCover and the state government about massive increases in WorkCover premiums, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. Lawyers acting on behalf of Aged & Community Services SA & NT Inc and Leading Age Services Australia-SA Inc lodged an appeal…

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WorkCover/Snelling breaching government guidelines

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today accused WorkCover and Treasurer Snelling of breaching government guidelines by refusing to make former WorkCover Chief Executive Rob Thomson’s contract available for inspection. “Since September last year the Liberal Party has been trying to inspect Mr Thomson’s contract under government guidelines issued by DPC – Circular PC027 – Disclosure…

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Now the wait for Cabinet docs begins!

Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said following the release of the list of Cabinet documents for the Labor Government’s first year in 2002 he would lodge 221 separate requests for documents today. Now the wait for the actual release of Labor Government documents begins! Given the Labor Government’s past performance under Freedom of Information…

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Transparency needed in gifts to CEOs

Senior public servants who receive benefits worth hundreds of dollars from companies doing business with their departments should face greater transparency and accountability, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. Mr Lucas said information compiled from two years of FOI requests revealed some CEOs received benefits up to the value of $500, such as free…

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Parliamentary inquiry into Funds SA

The performance of Funds SA is being investigated by the Legislative Council’s Statutory Authorities Review Committee. Funds SA is the SA Government owned corporation which invests more than $18 billion on behalf of South Australia’s public superannuation funds and approved public authorities such as the Motor Accident Commission. “Given the massive increase under a Labor…

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Delays mean small businesses miss out on $694,000

Small manufacturing businesses have missed out on $694,000 in funding because of bureaucratic delays in establishing a grants program. DMITRE executives confirmed to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee on Monday that $694,000 of a budgeted $1 million in 2010/11 to assist local manufacturing businesses to improve their competitiveness was unspent that year. “Whilst…

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WorkCover the worst scheme in Australia

A two year parliamentary inquiry by Labor, Liberal and Independent MPs has unanimously concluded WorkCover is the worst performing workers compensation scheme in Australia. The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation inquiry, which commenced in July 2010, tabled its final report in Parliament last week. Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said…

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