Treasurer’s embarrassing budget blunders

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today Treasurer Koutsantonis had been caught out in a series of embarrassing blunders trying to defend his self-proclaimed ‘God’s Work’ budget. Today Mr Koutsantonis claimed his supposed jobs budget last year had created 6000 new FULL TIME jobs. However the independent ABS (Publication 6202.0 – Labour Force, Australia, Table 7)…

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No wonder we have worst unemployment rate in nation

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today one major factor in South Australia having the worst unemployment rate in the nation had been a “litany of disasters” in Weatherill Government job programs. “The sad reality for unemployed South Australians is the Weatherill Government seems more intent on political spin and the publicity value of announcing new…

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Labor ‘slack, lazy and incompetent’ over NEP

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Weatherill Government had been ‘slack, lazy and incompetent’ in implementing major components of the $24 million Northern Economic Plan. Having launched the Northern Economic Plan in a blaze of publicity in January the Weatherill Government still hasn’t finalised guidelines for the $10 million Small Business Development Fund or…

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Federal Budget payments to South Australia

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that the Federal Budget included massive increases in Federal funding to South Australia next year and each year of the forward estimates. Total Federal payments to SA next year will actually be $1,137 million more than this year and by 2018-19 total payments will be $1,756 million more than…

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SA is the state of small business

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to restore the concession on the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and abandon plans to jack-up payroll tax in the forthcoming state budget.   “The Federal Budget’s tax cut for small business and the surge in federal revenue into South Australia have created a golden opportunity to…

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Union boss gets $55,000 Board position

SA Unions Secretary Joe Szakacs’ appointment to the Return to Work Board is yet another example of “jobs for the boys” under the Weatherill Labor Government, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Announced yesterday in the Government Gazette, Mr Lucas said the appointment to a $55,000 position also showed the Weatherill Government had been dishonest…

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Nothing proactive about Weatherill Government disclosure

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Weatherill Government had broken its promise to regularly publish online the expenditure of State Government Ministers and their staff. In September 2013 Mr Weatherill announced “Public Disclosure” on departmental websites for credit card, overseas travel and mobile phone costs would increase accountability in public officials: “Governments should be…

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nRAH’s taxpayer disaster

The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government explain why it isn’t seeking substantial financial penalties from the nRAH builders as result of repeated delays and budget blow-outs in the project. “The nRAH is now more than $600 million over budget and likely to be a year overdue yet the Weatherill Government is merely asking…

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Labor’s Gillman deal keeps getting worse

The State Labor Government’s Gillman land deal keeps on getting worse for South Australians. Deputy Premier Rau’s announcement that Labor will hand over another $2.2 million to private companies who are yet to create any jobs at Gillman, or pay the Government for the land they are acquiring, is staggering. The first $45 million payment…

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Weatherill’s ego trip rubs off on his CEO

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the CEO of Premier Weatherill’s Department Kym Winter-Dewhirst had been caught out wasting taxpayers’ money on the same full production film company used by Mr.Weatherill to film a travelogue of his overseas trips. FOI documents reveal that Mr.Winter-Dewhirst paid 57 FILMS $12,000 to film him for a message to his…

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Room with a view at taxpayers’ expense

The State Liberals are calling on Tourism Minister Leon Bignell to identify and payback all questionable claims for hotel stays in Adelaide he has made on the taxpayer since becoming Minister in the State Labor Government. “The latest revelation that Minister Bignell slugged taxpayers $185.70 to stay in the Intercontinental Hotel on North Terrace in…

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