SA continues to fall behind other states

The latest CommSec State of the States Report demonstrates yet again that South Australia is continuing to fall behind other states under the Weatherill Labor Government. The October 2014 Report revealed that: • South Australia is again ranked the weakest state economy on the mainland; • South Australia is generally ranked sixth to eighth on…

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New guidelines an admission of failure

The new unsolicited bids guidelines established by the Weatherill Government is an admission of failure from Labor over its handling of the sale of public land at Gillman last year. On 23 December last year it was announced that the State Government had signed an agreement with Adelaide Capital Partners (ACP) to sell 400Ha of…

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Questions on key Education Director appointments

Two of the twenty new Education Directors appointed under Weatherill Government policies had concerns raised about their performance in the Debelle Royal Commission. This was confirmed yesterday by Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) Chief Executive Tony Harrison in the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee. These highly paid new Education Director positions are…

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Code White in Emergency Departments

The Weatherill Government’s Emergency Department Dashboard is providing a disturbing snapshot of the gridlock that is gripping Adelaide’s major hospitals. “Yesterday five out of the six metropolitan hospitals Emergency Departments were classified as Code White* at one point of the day and it’s patients that are paying the price,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “The…

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ESL promise to pensioners must be kept

The Weatherill Labor Government must ensure it keeps its promise to exempt all pensioners and concession card holders from massive Emergency Services Levy (ESL) increases. Representatives of the Retirement Villages Association have raised publicly their concerns that some pensioners who have moved into retirement villages may be slugged with the Government’s massive ESL increases. “Put…

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$600k wasted on ‘acceleration costs’ for Rolling Stones concert

The Weatherill Government paid contractors an extra $600,000 for ‘acceleration costs’ to get Adelaide Oval ready for the Rolling Stones concert, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “This $600,000 was wasted expenditure because the Rolling Stones concert was ultimately cancelled and then rescheduled,” said Mr Lucas. “This $600,000 payment was in addition to the proposed…

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Ramping the message home

The State Liberals are concerned that yesterday’s glut of ambulances left waiting outside emergency departments at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will become the norm in the next few years. “It’s more than two years since the State Labor Government promised the implementation of the Monaghan…

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More taxpayers’ money wasted

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that Premier Jay Weatherill’s decision to waste taxpayers money on another ‘citizens’ jury’ is yet another example of why we had a $1.2 billion deficit and are heading towards a $14 billion debt. Premier Weatherill wasted more than $150,000 on his last citizens’ jury and this one will just…

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No relief in sight for SA’s unemployed

Federal Government data showing the number of online job vacancies fell over the year to July 2014 is yet another disturbing sign that the South Australian economy is on life support. The Department of Employment Internet Vacancy Index shows that in seasonally adjusted terms South Australia suffered a drop of 1.00 per cent over the…

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