Liberals to prioritise real doctors over spin doctors

The State Liberals latest election policy will slash the excessive number of ministerial staff and spin doctors currently employed by the Weatherill Government. “The Weatherill Government’s bloated ministerial offices are a disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “This move would save $20 million over four years or about $5 million per year. “Whilst…

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Weatherill spends $449 million to reduce public servants – What happened?

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Weatherill Labor Government had spent $448.7 million on separation packages to reduce the number of public servants yet had actually increased the number of public servants by 3501. This is yet another example of the financial mismanagement and incompetence of the Weatherill Labor Government. Clearly whilst the Government is spending millions…

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Labor fails the future of South Australia

Mid-Year Budget Review (MYBR) provides further proof that the Weatherill Labor Government has run its race and that South Australia desperately needs a change of government if we are going to pull ourselves out of Labor’s economic rut. “The most telling number in the MYBR is Jay Weatherill’s pitiful 1 per cent annual employment growth during the next…

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Weatherill’s new water slug

The State Liberals have described evidence presented to a Parliamentary Committee that the Weatherill Government forced SA Water to borrow $71 million to pay a $71 million extra dividends to the Weatherill Government as outrageous. “This meant the Weatherill Government ripped $193 million out of SA Water’s coffers even though their net profit for 2016/17 was only $134…

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Transparency and accountability on Government ads

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Government to publicly disclose all government advertising costs on a monthly basis ahead of the 2018 state election. “The Weatherill Labor Government’s political advertising has reached unprecedented levels, with taxpayers footing the bill for almost $10 million spent on political ads in the last 12 months alone,” said Shadow…

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Labor owe you $757,500

The State Liberals are demanding that the South Australian Labor Party repay South Australian taxpayers the $757,500 gifted to One Community SA to run a blatant political campaign. The Auditor-General’s Report tabled in Parliament yesterday said that the One Community SA grant; “…included messages a reasonable person could interpret as being designed to influence support for a political party.” Report of…

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Weatherill loses fight to keep secret the names of his staff

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today accused the Weatherill Labor Government of being the most secretive Government in the State’s history. Premier Weatherill and his Ministers have fought for almost 12 months against the release of the names of all the staff employed in the Ministers’ office. Mr. Weatherill employs almost 300 staff in Ministers’ offices and over the years they have…

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One Vote One Value

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:43): I rise on behalf of Liberal members to address this bill. Essentially, I will treat this as a cognate debate. There are two bills, the Constitution (One Vote One Value) Amendment Bill and an associated bill in relation to the establishment of a referendum. I will address the bulk of my…

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History of the Budget Measures Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (11:14): I rise to continue my contribution on the Budget Measures Bill. At the outset, can I just indicate to the government and its advisers that when we last spoke, as has been my custom and practice, I placed on the record some advice from one of South Australia’s leading tax lawyers…

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Another multi-million dollar Weatherill Government Bungle

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has accused the Weatherill Government of another stunning example of financial mismanagement and incompetence which will cost taxpayers $6.75 million this year and in future years $3.7 million per year. In 2012 the parliament passed government legislation which made it clear superannuation would not be paid on state parental leave payments which the government stated was…

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State Liberals firm on GST

The State Liberals have today reaffirmed their commitment to oppose any GST reforms that would disadvantage South Australia. “The State Liberals will absolutely not support any GST reforms that disadvantages South Australians,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “We have consistently held and stated this position at every opportunity in the GST reform conversation. “The draft Productivity Commission Report released today has…

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Western Australia rejects state bank tax

In another blow to the Weatherill Government’s plans to introduce a state bank tax the newly elected Labor Government in Western Australia has ruled out imposing a similar tax in that state.  Western Australia Treasurer Ben Wyatt: ‘… you don’t rush into new revenue measures without having an understanding of the broader economic consequences. I will continue to watch South Australia,…

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