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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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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