RANN’S claim on PPPs – WRONG!

Claims made last weekend by the Premier – through a spokeswoman – about probity concerns with Labor Party fundraisers and bidders for major government contracts were WRONG. “Last weekend, Mr Rann was under attack because he and his Ministers were involving themselves in major Labor Party fundraisers with bidders and advisers during the actual bidding…

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Auditor-General should advise on probity issues

The Auditor-General should provide advice urgently on whether it is appropriate for the Premier and other Ministers to be involved in Labor Party fundraising events organised through SA Progressive Business with bidders and advisers involved in a public-private partnership bidding process. “For example, documents obtained under Freedom of Information demonstrate that during the expressions of…

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MASSIVE BREACHES of Govt Advertising guidelines

Stunning revelations at a Parliamentary Committee had revealed massive breaches of the Rann Government’s own advertising guidelines and, in particular, that 24 separate advertising campaigns in the last three years had not been approved by the government body established for approval. “Mr Chris Eccles, Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC),…

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SA Tourism budget CUTS

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) had made the first in a series of budget cuts by slashing an annual grant of $521,000 to the racing industry. Chief Executive Andrew McEvoy told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that the annual payment to Thoroughbred Racing SA for advertising and promotion, together with cuts in…

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Questions that RANN MUST ANSWER

Premier Mike Rann’s office had today attempted to make an issue of the Liberal Party’s legitimate fundraising activities to deflect from a series of concerning reports in newspapers regarding Labor Party fundraising. “Given that his office has now begun to address the issue of fundraising, after a long silence, he must now come clean with…

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$200k WASTED on unused “new model”

In excess of $200,000 dollars had been wasted on a consultant developing a “new model” to handle surplus public servants, which was now not being used, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “Senior executives from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet gave evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that…

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Rann’s expanding WASTEline

Premier Rann’s own department had spent half a million dollars on a “policy development” consultancy at a time when the state budget was cutting important programmes and services. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet had engaged Boston Consultancy Group (BCG), a global strategic advice firm, to “deepen strategy and policy development capabilities across the…

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More Rann Govt FINANCIAL DISASTERS

Under Treasurer Jim Wright today confirmed that for the third consecutive Budget year, the Health Department had overspent its budget by between $50 million and $100 million, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “In evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, Mr Wright today confirmed that the Health Department had again…

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