Weatherill Cabinet leaks turn into a flood

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the fourth leak in three months of a confidential Weatherill Government Cabinet document was a clear indication of a deeply divided and dysfunctional government. The latest leak is a Cabinet submission drafted just prior to the last election from Minister Jack Snelling relating to keeping secret details of serious…

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Weatherill’s gag speaks volumes

Premier Jay Weatherill has once again taken the extraordinary step of gagging his Ministers regarding their support for a high-level nuclear waste dump in South Australia during question time in State Parliament today. “For the second day running the Premier has refused to allow his Ministers to record their views regarding his doomed nuclear waste…

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Weatherill gags Ministers in question time

Premier Jay Weatherill has taken the extraordinary step of gagging his Ministers regarding their support for a high-level nuclear waste dump in South Australia during question time in State Parliament. “Jay Weatherill’s refusal to allow his Ministers to record their views regarding his doomed nuclear waste dump is illustrative of just how desperate he is…

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Government’s forced redundancy policy ‘unworkable’

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Weatherill Government’s much hyped ‘forced redundancy for public servants’ policy was virtually unworkable for government departments. In late 2014 the Weatherill Government introduced its new policy of allowing forced redundancy of surplus public servants after a 12-month period. The Government proudly boasted that this policy, detailed in Determination…

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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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