WorkCover unfunded liability jumps $87 million

The Labor Government’s financial management credibility has taken yet another blow with the revelation that WorkCover’s unfunded liability actually blew out by a staggering $87 million in the first six months of this year. According to WorkCover’s own figures, the unfunded liability at the end of 2010 was $865 million . The 2010-11 Auditor-General Report,…

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Wider inquiry on ‘Cartridgegate’ now essential

The Labor Government must agree to a comprehensive independent inquiry of all government departments and agencies following the latest ‘Cartridgegate’ revelations. At least four government departments, involving eight staff and more than $400,000 in purchases of printer cartridges, have been identified. In most cases, if not all, staff received personal benefits for purchasing printer cartridges…

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‘Cartridgegate’ extends to Health

The Labor Government’s printer cartridge scandal has spread to SA Health, department executives confirmed today. Chief Executive David Swan told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that excessive purchases of $161,781 had been identified at three SA Health locations. Mr Swan also confirmed that three staff had accepted gifts or benefits from the private…

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Wortley costing and scaffolding claims wrong

Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley has wrongly claimed there would be no change to scaffolding requirements under his controversial new work safety laws. This error by Mr Wortley partly explains why he wrongly claims cost increases under his work safety laws will be “insignificant or minimal”. The Housing Industry Association has estimated a single story…

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Major test for Jay Weatherill

The Labor Government’s controversial new work safety laws will be a major early test for incoming Premier Jay Weatherill. Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said if passed in its current form, the laws would be a further blow to the already struggling housing market. “New home sales fell 4.7 percent in August, and there…

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Volunteers at risk from Labor’s WHS bill

Many volunteers in volunteer organisations face massively increased risks of fines and penalties under the Labor Government’s new work safety laws, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Legal advice from Parliamentary Counsel has confirmed that if a volunteer organisation employs one person for three hours on a weekend, it will no longer be…

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Wider Auditor-General inquiry now essential

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today welcomed the Government’s announcement that a Department of Premier and Cabinet staff member has been suspended over allegations relating to improper purchasing of printer cartridges, and that the matter had been referred to SAPOL and the Auditor-General. In yesterday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, the Liberal Opposition raised concerns…

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