SA’s resources sector beached

News that Chevron Exploration Australia has pulled out of its joint venture in the Cooper Basin with Beach Energy is another blow to the South Australian economy. “This news coupled with the latest ABS employment data showing the loss of 4400 mining jobs since last November paints a bleak picture for people seeking jobs in…

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What happened when Government spent $360m trying to reduce public service numbers?

The total number of public servants has increased despite the Weatherill Government spending $360 million on targeted voluntary separation packages. “Sadly for South Australian taxpayers this is another spectacular failure by Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Koutsantonis, and yet another example of their financial incompetence and mismanagement,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “The Auditor-General’s latest report…

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Another costly ad campaign

The Weatherill Labor Government has launched another costly advertising campaign against the Federal Government’s pensioner concessions, costing South Australian taxpayers $1.1 million. At a cost of $1.1 million to South Australian taxpayers, Premier Weatherill could have actually given 5,700 South Australian pensioners their $190 concession instead of paying for another ad campaign. More than $4…

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Why are Weatherill/Koutsantonis misrepresenting key Supreme Court finding on Gillman?

Mr Weatherill and Mr Koustantonis have deliberately misrepresented a finding by Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Blue on a critical Gillman Cabinet submission. Justice Blue noted the 2 December 2013 Cabinet Submission approved by Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis contained a ‘limited number of changes to the draft provided by Mr Hansen.’ When challenged by journalists…

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Weatherill must reveal cost of sackings

Premier Weatherill must reveal the cost to taxpayers of the decision to axe 11 senior government executives in his Department. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said with several of the executives being paid more than $200,000 per year, individual payouts including termination payments and accrued recreation and long service leave could be more than $400,000. One…

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