Bumbling Wortley forced to take media training

Embattled Local Government Minister Russell Wortley was ordered to undergo urgent media training last week, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas revealed today. “Government ministers and spin doctors were so concerned at Mr Wortley’s bumbling performance over the Burnside inquiry they decided urgent remedial action needed to be taken,” Mr Lucas said. “Leaked information from Government…

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Lotteries Commission secret privatisation report

The Lotteries Commission spent more than $300,000 just over two years ago on a secret report which considered privatisation options and a valuation of the agency, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Industry sources have confirmed to the Liberal Party that as recently as 2008-09 the Lotteries Commission had commissioned ABN Amro (now RBS…

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SA Health savings target $396m per year

Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today SA Health executives had confirmed they had to implement annual savings of $396 million by 2014. SA Health CEO David Swan told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee: Rob Lucas: “So in essence what you’re looking at is $396 million by the end of the forward…

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Brawl over River Torrens Bridge

A major brawl over the alignment of the proposed River Torrens Bridge is still unresolved, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Even though the Labor Government made a major announcement on the $350 million Convention Centre project last week, there was no announcement on the alignment of the bridge,” Mr Lucas said. “The original…

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Rann spin on 15% cut to spin doctors

Premier Mike Rann’s promised 15 per cent cut in ministerial office budgets is yet another example of blatant political spin, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. Immediately after the budget, Mr Rann was in ‘full spin’ mode, claiming big cuts: Rann: “We’re actually I think taking a 15% hit on my budget in terms…

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Shared Services – Labor’s $68 million blow out

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today there had been a $68 million blowout in the implementation costs of the Shared Services Project and it was now an ‘unmitigated disaster’. In evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee Treasury officers Brett Rowse and Damian Bourke confirmed implementation costs were now $128 million and…

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‘Fine print’ reveals exposure on hospital PPP

The ‘fine print’ of Labor’s hospital PPP deal reveals massive financial exposure to taxpayers, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. In evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, Under Treasurer Brett Rowse confirmed taxpayers were exposed to additional costs for interest rate movements and some contamination costs. Taxpayers will be responsible for…

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WorkCover review fails to provide answers

The Cossey Review into WorkCover is extremely disappointing and does not include any recommendations for action, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today. “It appears that a lot of money has been spent with precious little to show for it,” Mr Lucas said. “The Labor Government should immediately reveal the total costs of this…

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Liberal Party policy on ‘no forced redundancy’

The Liberal Party will support Labor Government moves to remove the ‘no forced redundancy’ arrangements in the South Australian public sector, Shadow Public Sector Management Minister Rob Lucas said today. “The Liberal Party accepts that forced redundancy provisions should be one of many options available for government to help manage an efficient and effective public…

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Labor waste on ‘ghost ministerial office’

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today accused the Labor Government of massive waste of taxpayer money by continuing to fund a ‘ghost ministerial office’. Mr Lucas said even though former Minister Bernard Finnigan resigned two months ago, the Labor Government has continued to waste money on a fully operational Ministerial office – even though there…

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