Parliamentary inquiry into Funds SA

The performance of Funds SA is being investigated by the Legislative Council’s Statutory Authorities Review Committee. Funds SA is the SA Government owned corporation which invests more than $18 billion on behalf of South Australia’s public superannuation funds and approved public authorities such as the Motor Accident Commission. “Given the massive increase under a Labor…

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Delays mean small businesses miss out on $694,000

Small manufacturing businesses have missed out on $694,000 in funding because of bureaucratic delays in establishing a grants program. DMITRE executives confirmed to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee on Monday that $694,000 of a budgeted $1 million in 2010/11 to assist local manufacturing businesses to improve their competitiveness was unspent that year. “Whilst…

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WorkCover the worst scheme in Australia

A two year parliamentary inquiry by Labor, Liberal and Independent MPs has unanimously concluded WorkCover is the worst performing workers compensation scheme in Australia. The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation inquiry, which commenced in July 2010, tabled its final report in Parliament last week. Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said…

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Libs demand answers on ex-WorkCover CEO

Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas today accused Minister Snelling and WorkCover of suppressing information on the reasons for the sudden resignation of former WorkCover Chief Executive Officer Rob Thomson, and details of his termination payout “On 18 September WorkCover announced Mr Thomson had resigned immediately for ‘personal reasons’ after serving just over two years…

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Why are we paying for phones not being used?

The Auditor-General’s Report has highlighted millions of dollars being wasted on unused phones and other wasteful telecommunications policies and practices. A consultant’s review of just four agencies revealed there were 2335 fixed voice services and 396 mobile services which were not used at all during the six month survey period. The Auditor-General’s report notes that…

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Work Health and Safety Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:39): At the outset, can I say on behalf of Liberal members in this chamber that I am sure all members in this chamber and all in the community are committed to worker safety. No member of parliament wants to see a family devastated in the way many families have been…

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Overseas trip for retiring public servant

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today called on Premier Weatherill to justify why taxpayers had paid for an overseas trip for a senior public servant whose position had been abolished and was about to take a separation package. Transport Chief Executive Rod Hook told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee taxpayers had paid $23,316…

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Another Weatherill Government cover up

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today accused the Weatherill Labor Government of a massive ‘cover up’ as most Ministers refuse to answer questions about the number of highly-paid public service positions that had been created and abolished. “In fact, 10 of 15 ministers have not provided answers to questions for 2010-11 and 7 of 15…

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