Supply Bill 2016

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 16:17 :15 ): I rise on behalf of Liberal members to support the second reading of the Supply Bill. The Supply Bill, as members will be aware, is a mechanism each year to provide appropriation of just over $3 billion to enable the continued payment of public servants and public…

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Appropriation Bill 2016

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 15:27 :28 ): I rise to support the second reading of the Appropriation Bill. In doing so, I acknowledge, as is most often the case, that the parliament is asked, in considering the budget, to consider two companion bills: one is the Appropriation Bill and one, this year, is called…

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Gillman Land Sale

 The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 15:50 :12 ): I refer to some extraordinary evidence that minister Koutsantonis gave to the ICAC inquiry into the Gillman land deal. That extraordinary evidence is based on the extraordinary claim that ministers and minister's officers do not make amendments to cabinet submissions that go to cabinet from their departments,…

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Northern Economic Plan

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 15:46 :14 ): We had the embarrassing and demeaning situation in question time today of the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council not only making a paper plane for himself but launching a paper plane as part of his response to some difficult questions on the Northern Economic…

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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 15:28 :05 ): I rise on behalf of Liberal members to support the motion. The Liberal Party's position in relation to proposals for the establishment of committees of inquiry to seek information, provide further information or seek facts is generally to support them. It is not 100 per cent, but generally…

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Steel Industry Protection Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS ( 19:46 :56 ): I rise on behalf of the Liberal members to speak to the second reading of the Steel Industry Protection Bill. In doing so, I reflect the views of all of my Liberal colleagues to say that our thoughts are with the ongoing battle of industry and workers,…

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Labor’s State Budget communications campaign

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today slammed Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Koutsantonis for planning to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in a belated attempt to sell their discredited State Budget.  The Weatherill Labor Government has released a tender for a communications campaign for its 2016-17 State Budget. The tender says the budgeted costs just…

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Broken promise on CTP premium increases

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today budget papers revealed Treasurer Koutsantonis had broken his promise CTP premiums would only have “CPI like” increases under his MAC privatisation. “One of the major concerns when the Weatherill Government broke its promise and privatised the MAC was the impact it would have on CTP premiums for families,” said…

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