Adelaide Zoo assets at risk

Assets of cash-strapped Adelaide Zoo would be at risk if the zoo defaulted on its loan to Westpac, evidence to the Budget and Finance Committee revealed today. Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Allan Holmes made the stunning revelation: Hon Rob Lucas MLC: “Given the advice you’ve given to this Committee…

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Foley fuels Labor disunity

Former leadership aspirant Kevin Foley has sent a warning to Premier-in-waiting Jay Weatherill, fuelling Labor’s disunity. “Mr Foley obviously has no confidence in Labor’s anointed Premier-in-waiting Jay Weatherill,” Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “If Mr Weatherill’s own colleagues have no trust in him, why should South Australians trust Mr Weatherill to govern the…

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Schools backlog maintenance still $172 million

Education Department executives have confirmed backlog maintenance in government schools was a massive $172 million as at the end of last month. Chief Executive Keith Bartley told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee there had only been an improvement of about $18 million from the 2010 backlog maintenance figure of $190 million. “Education Minister…

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Health budget in total disarray

Evidence to the Budget and Finance Committee this week has confirmed the Department of Health and its budget are in total disarray. Under Treasurer Brett Rowse confirmed May budget figures showed the health budget had blown out by $88 million and the Labor Government had now appointed both Deloitte and Ernst and Young to help…

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SA retail hamstrung by SDA

South Australia has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the nation, according to a Productivity Commission report released today. The report, Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry, is a damning indictment of the Labor Government’s misguided policy. Particularly noteworthy is evidence from Coles that in 2010 South Australia had 10 non-trading…

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Another ‘nail in coffin’ for Shared Services

In a stunning admission, Treasury has confirmed it couldn’t show Shared Services was delivering payroll services cheaper than previously. The Executive Director of Shared Services SA, Damian Bourke, told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee this week: Hon Rob Lucas MLC: In relation to the payroll function, are either you or the Under Treasurer…

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Labor’s four point Crisis Plan

The South Australian Labor Government is lurching from crisis to crisis, ranging from embarrassing court cases to crippling leadership crises. Labor’s four point Crisis Plan is as follows:  An unnamed Labor MP will face court this month on charges of child pornography  This week the person who allegedly assaulted Police Minister Kevin Foley…

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