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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Libs demand answers on ex-WorkCover CEO

Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas today accused Minister Snelling and WorkCover of suppressing information on the reasons for the sudden resignation of former WorkCover Chief Executive Officer Rob Thomson, and details of his termination payout “On 18 September WorkCover announced Mr Thomson had resigned immediately for ‘personal reasons’ after serving just over two years…

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Why are we paying for phones not being used?

The Auditor-General’s Report has highlighted millions of dollars being wasted on unused phones and other wasteful telecommunications policies and practices. A consultant’s review of just four agencies revealed there were 2335 fixed voice services and 396 mobile services which were not used at all during the six month survey period. The Auditor-General’s report notes that…

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