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…

Details

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…

Details

$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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

More problems for troubled NRAH site

The Weatherill Labor Government must urgently address safety concerns at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today. Media outlets reported yesterday that a crane collided with a concrete pump, causing damage. Mr Lucas said the Government must not repeat the tragic circumstances that marred the construction of…

Details

Budget and Finance Committee Inquiry into NRAH

The Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into progress on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project. “There have been growing concerns about multimillion dollar cost blowouts and delays in the completion of the project which require an investigation by a parliamentary committee,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Evidence from…

Details

Labor Government advertising should be paid for by the Labor Party

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has written to the Auditor-General Simon O’Neill seeking an investigation of the Weatherill Labor Government’s advertisements attacking the Abbott Coalition Government’s health and education budget cuts. “This is political advertising plain and simple and the million dollar cost should be paid for by the Labor Party not the South Australian taxpayer,”…

Details

Labor again tries to fix its own WorkCover mess

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today welcomed the acknowledgement by Premier Jay Weatherill and the Labor Government that their 12 years of financial mismanagement of the WorkCover scheme had been a disaster for workers and employers. “The Weatherill Labor Government’s latest claim of radical reform of WorkCover comes after a series of failed attempts over 12…

Details