Jay says one thing and does another

Premier Weatherill has addressed the National Press Club calling for greater co-operation with the Federal Government at the same time his Ministers continue to attack the Federal Government and his Government is spending millions of dollars on advertising attacking the Federal Government. The Weatherill Labor Government has spent millions of dollars on pensioner concession ads,…

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$377 million on TVSPs – yet 2160 more public servants

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said Budget documents confirmed the Weatherill Government has spent $377 million on targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSPs) while failing spectacularly on its promise to reduce public service numbers. This is another stunning example of the financial mismanagement and incompetence of Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Koutsantonis. Budget papers show that between November…

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Weatherill’s sneaky new tax

Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a sneaky plan to impose a new tax on South Australians by broadening the GST to include banking services. “Within a week of releasing the 2015-16 State Budget, Mr Weatherill has started pushing for a new tax,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “It is downright sneaky for Mr Weatherill to…

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Labor must commit to no new taxes

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to commit to introducing no new taxes in next week’s State Budget. “Given that South Australia’s unemployment rate has now skyrocketed to 7.6 per cent, the Weatherill Labor Government must start working on a plan to transform our economy and create jobs,” said Shadow Treasurer…

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Parliament will maintain pensioner concessions

The State Liberals have reassured South Australia’s 160,000 pensioners that the South Australian Parliament will protect their entitlement to the $190 council rates concession. “The State Liberals and the minor parties in the Upper House will block any attempt by Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to cut pensioner’s entitlements to council rate concessions,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob…

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Weatherill: Shorten is irrelevant

Premier Jay Weatherill has today made the extraordinary claim that Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten is “not relevant” and cannot make a difference. The shock statement was made just hours before Mr Shorten is expected to deliver his budget response. Premier Weatherill made the claim on ABC Radio this morning: “He’s not relevant. He can’t…

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Unbudgeted $857m GST windfall for SA

South Australia is set to benefit from an unbudgeted GST windfall of $857 million, announced in the Federal Budget. “The Federal Budget has confirmed an increase of $857m in unallocated or unbudgeted GST funding to SA over the next three years,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “The simple reality is that next year the extra…

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