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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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…

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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…

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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,”…

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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…

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Weatherill statements debunked

Premier Jay Weatherill’s key reason for not going to competitive tender on his controversial Gillman land deal has been debunked by evidence from Renewal SA executives. Mr Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis have argued on many occasions the State Labor Government couldn’t go to competitive tender because Adelaide Capital Partners would have withdrawn its offer.…

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More Board Members oppose Gillman deal process

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that another two Renewal SA Board Members had given evidence to a parliamentary inquiry saying the controversial Gillman land deal should have gone to competitive tender. This evidence to the Gillman Select Committee from former Board Member, Mike Terlet, and current Board Member, Helen Fulcher, is a massive “thumbs…

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Stunning evidence on Gillman deal probity auditor

In stunning evidence to a parliamentary committee, Renewal SA executives have admitted the probity auditor for the controversial Gillman land deal was not appointed until after many of the key meetings with the sole bidder had been conducted. Premier Weatherill and Minister Koutsantonis have defended the Gillman land deal not going to competitive tender with…

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