Serious doubt over Labor’s budget surplus promise

There is serious doubt over one of the Weatherill Labor Government’s key election promises being delivered in this week’s State Budget. The Weatherill Labor Government has promised to deliver a budget surplus in 2015/16 since the 2013 State Budget. This promise was reiterated in the Mid-Year Budget Review, January Budget Update and Labor’s election costings…

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L-Plate Treasurer struggling to cope

South Australia’s L-Plate Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis is clearly struggling to cope with the complexity of his new Treasury responsibilities. “At a time when South Australia faces one of its most important budgets ever, a litany of bungles, blunders and misstatements by Tom Koutsantonis gives South Australians no confidence at all in his ability to handle…

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FOI docs reveal another $30m EPAS blowout

SA Health documents released under Freedom of Information confirm there has been a further $30 million blowout in the EPAS IT project. Documents presented to the December 2013 meeting of the EPAS Program Board state: “…the budget to activate Pt Augusta and Daw House has already been exceeded by $18.9 million. The current forecasts of…

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Weatherill Government must act on eye crisis

Serious delays in appointments and a lack of appropriate treatment are putting South Australians at risk of suffering avoidable blindness. The Macular Disease Foundation Australia has warned that people with deteriorating vision are being placed on long waiting lists to get a diagnosis, even though delays beyond a few weeks of disease onset can lead…

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Hansen contradicts key Weatherill/Koutsantonis claims

Renewal SA Chief Executive Fred Hansen today contradicted significant parts of Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Koutsantonis’s defence of their controversial Gillman land deal. Mr Hansen, the first witness to give evidence to the Legislative Council Select Committee into the deal, confirmed the Renewal SA Board had either not supported or voted against Board papers recommending…

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Emergency waiting times

South Australia’s major hospitals are amongst the worst performing in the nation when it comes to treating patients in their Emergency Departments within the required period of time. “Figures released today by the National Health Performance Authority show South Australia has the worst Emergency Department performance in Australia and is going backwards when compared to…

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Weatherill’s budget blame game begins

The Weatherill Labor Government has begun the budget blame game by using the recent Federal Budget in an attempt to cover up 12 years of its own financial mismanagement of the South Australian health budget. “South Australians don’t be fooled – the budget blame game has begun and will continue until the State Budget is…

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Gazzola drops the p word

The Weatherill Labor Government’s deep divisions are again on display with former President of the Legislative Council John Gazzola labelling current President Russell Wortley a parasite and calling on him to resign. “Sir, normally I would congratulate you on becoming the President of the Legislative Council. Given the circumstances and by the mere fact that…

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Hoisted with his own petard

Health Minister Jack Snelling’s scare campaign about the impact of possible reductions in Federal health funding only serves to highlight the jobs the Weatherill Government is currently cutting from SA Health, and announced last year. In his release today regarding recommendations of the Commission of Audit Minister Snelling said: while the (State) Government had no…

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Weatherill must recommit to FMC upgrade

Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas has called on Premier Weatherill to recommit to his Labor Government’s redevelopment of the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) before the release of the State Budget in June. During the recent state election, the Weatherill Labor Government committed $117.5 million to redevelop the Flinders Medical Centre, which included building two new…

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Labor’s bizarre claims of ‘trade secrets’

Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas today described as ‘bizarre’ a claim by Premier Weatherill’s Labor Party that documents shouldn’t be released by the Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA) under Freedom of Information because they would reveal their ‘trade secrets’. Equally as concerning is the decision by the ECSA to refuse the release of these documents…

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