Labor’s Groundhog Day budget

The State Liberals are warning South Australians that today’s State Budget will contain a raft of re-heated proposals dressed up as new initiatives as the old, tired and lazy Weatherill Government seeks to cling to power for another four years. In the face of rising unemployment Jay Weatherill has promised to ‘double down’ on his…

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Labor must rule out post-Budget political advertising

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Government to rule out wasting taxpayer funds on political advertising following Thursday’s State Budget. “The Weatherill Labor Government’s track record on misusing and abusing public money on political advertising is abysmal,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “At a time when South Australian households and businesses are struggling…

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Time to cut nuclear dump costs

The State Liberals are demanding that Premier Jay Weatherill disbands the nuclear Response Advisory Board he established as part of his plan to make South Australia the world’s radioactive dump. “For Jay Weatherill to continue to fund the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency (CARA) and its Advisory Board after he has…

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Labor must rule out new taxes in State Budget

The State Liberals have called for no new taxes to be introduced in Labor’s last State Budget before the March 2018 State Election. “South Australian households and businesses are struggling under the Weatherill Labor Government’s punishing state taxes – the last thing they need is the introduction of any new taxes,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob…

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Weatherill’s 3 dollar bills

Weatherill’s 3 dollar bills Ordinary South Australian households will be outraged at the Weatherill Government’s pitiful offer of a three dollar cut in their ESL tax bills in this year’s State Budget. “Three years ago the Weatherill Government financially mugged struggling South Australian families and now expects them to be grateful because he throws them…

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Vlahos books up next year’s leave

Embattled Minister Leesa Vlahos is more interested in booking in leave for next year than taking responsibility for the Oakden scandal. According to the Government Gazette, Minister Vlahos will be absent from 8 July to 17 July, 19 August to 27 August, and 31 December 2017 to 14 January 2018. “The families of abused Oakden…

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State Bank/State Debt

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:01): I move: That this council notes the level of total state debt in South Australia since the early 1990s and the factors that have influenced that level of state debt. In speaking to this motion, I want to trace the history of the issues that relate to the level of the…

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Another Cabinet Leak Embarrasses Weatherill

 Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today another leak of a confidential Weatherill Government Cabinet document was a major embarrassment for Mr Weatherill. The latest leak relates to a decision taken by Cabinet on 31 October 2016 to transfer the management of all new workers compensation claims from 1 July 2017 to ReturnToWorkSA. This controversial decision…

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Jack needs to get back to work

The resignation of the Chief Executive of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Len Richards leaves Health Minister Jack Snelling with no option but to return from leave and take control of the move to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. “The State Government is in the middle of the technical assessment period of the…

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Auditor-General asked to investigate taxpayer funds used to organize polling booth workers

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has written to the Auditor-General calling for an urgent investigation into a $757,500 Weatherill Government grant to an organization for a political campaign which included workers on polling booths handing out leaflets at the last Federal election. The Weatherill Government has already been criticized by the Auditor-General for its $1.1 million anti Federal Government advertising campaign. However,…

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