Foley ‘out of touch’ on affordability

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that thousands of struggling home buyers would be outraged at the ‘out of touch’ comments on housing affordability made by Treasurer Kevin Foley. “I don’t agree with the argument that stamp duty is affecting housing affordability.” K. Foley, The Australian (March 20, 2007) “Mr. Foley is living in ‘cloud…

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Government arrogance forces policy change

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that incredible arrogance by Premier Rann and his Ministers had forced a major policy shift by the Liberal Party to increase the accountability of the Rann Government to the Parliament. Consistent with the practice in most other Upper Houses, some key Legislative Council Committees will no longer be chaired…

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Doubts emerge over key Budget announcement

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today significant doubts had emerged over the accuracy of claims made by Treasurer Foley over a key budget announcement of a shared services centre. The shared services centre was the centrepiece of the government’s proposed budget savings programme and is a proposal to centralize ‘back office’ functions such as payroll,…

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Please tell the truth, Mr Rann

A clearly rattled Premier Rann is not telling the truth about Liberal Party policy on police numbers. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said that Mr. Rann was on the defensive today when asked by journalists to respond to Liberal Leader Iain Evans’s tough new policy on bail laws. “Mr. Rann today made an outrageous claim…

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Major embarrassment for Rann and Atkinson

South Australia Police has decided not to pursue criminal charges against former Justice Department Chief Executive Kate Lennon, causing a major embarrassment for Premier Rann and the hapless Attorney General Michael Atkinson in particular. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Rann Government during 2005 made a series of accusations against Ms. Lennon, both inside…

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