Rau reannounces broken 2004 promise!

Deputy Premier Rau’s promise today to remove 800 poker machines was first made eight years ago, Shadow Gambling Minister Rob Lucas said today. In February 2004 former Premier Rann introduced legislation to Parliament and promised he would remove 3000 machines, reducing numbers from 15,000 to 12,000: “Premier Rann is today taking the challenge up to…

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Another bad deal from Labor!

“Today’s Weatherill Labor Government deal with independents that will deliver permanent public holiday trading to Adelaide’s CBD is a bad one for the majority of the State,” Liberal Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Rob Lucas said. “This deal means new part-public holidays will be created between 7pm and midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s…

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Weatherill wastes $160k on ‘internal consultant’

Premier Weatherill’s secret appointment of his own ‘internal consultant’ is wasting another $160,000 per year of taxpayers’ money. Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Warren McCann told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee he had been appointed last October by Premier Weatherill as his own ‘internal consultant’. Mr McCann confirmed his total remuneration package is…

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Minister’s office implicated in ‘Cartridgegate’

Evidence to a parliamentary committee has implicated a Weatherill Government Minister’s office in the ‘Cartridgegate’ scandal. Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) Chief Executive Ray Garrand confirmed to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee yesterday that an officer who had been in the Ministerial office…

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Work, Health and Safety Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (12:11): I rise to speak to the second reading of the Work Health and Safety Bill. This has been a controversial piece of legislation which was first introduced what seems like many years ago but was actually in April last year by the then minister, the then leader of the government,…

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Address in Reply

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (11:05): I rise to support the Address in Reply and to thank the Governor for his speech for the opening of this session of parliament. There are two or three issues that I want to address in my contribution. The first relates to freedom of information and the government’s position in…

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Libs will move to defeat Work Safety Bill

The Liberal Party will move to defeat the Weatherill Government’s controversial work safety laws when debate resumes in the Legislative Council. Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said the Liberal Party was particularly concerned about the bill’s impact on small business and housing affordability. “The Liberal Party has been raising significant concerns about this bill…

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