Small Business Commissioner Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:52): I rise to speak to the second reading of the bill. As I listen to the contributions this afternoon, I am reminded that politics, indeed, makes for strange bedfellows. We have an ex-Labor minister in this council quoting a former Liberal Party chief of staff to a minister in support…

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‘Cartridgegate’ extends to Health

The Labor Government’s printer cartridge scandal has spread to SA Health, department executives confirmed today. Chief Executive David Swan told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that excessive purchases of $161,781 had been identified at three SA Health locations. Mr Swan also confirmed that three staff had accepted gifts or benefits from the private…

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Wortley costing and scaffolding claims wrong

Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley has wrongly claimed there would be no change to scaffolding requirements under his controversial new work safety laws. This error by Mr Wortley partly explains why he wrongly claims cost increases under his work safety laws will be “insignificant or minimal”. The Housing Industry Association has estimated a single story…

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Major test for Jay Weatherill

The Labor Government’s controversial new work safety laws will be a major early test for incoming Premier Jay Weatherill. Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said if passed in its current form, the laws would be a further blow to the already struggling housing market. “New home sales fell 4.7 percent in August, and there…

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Volunteers at risk from Labor’s WHS bill

Many volunteers in volunteer organisations face massively increased risks of fines and penalties under the Labor Government’s new work safety laws, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Legal advice from Parliamentary Counsel has confirmed that if a volunteer organisation employs one person for three hours on a weekend, it will no longer be…

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Wider Auditor-General inquiry now essential

Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas today welcomed the Government’s announcement that a Department of Premier and Cabinet staff member has been suspended over allegations relating to improper purchasing of printer cartridges, and that the matter had been referred to SAPOL and the Auditor-General. In yesterday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, the Liberal Opposition raised concerns…

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Fewer consultants, more action needed!

More than $1 million was spent on consultancies in the past two years by the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division of the Department of Premier Cabinet, whilst money was not being made available to address critical problems on the ground in the APY Lands. The stunning revelation was made in yesterday’s Legislative Council Budget and…

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Libs call for Auditor-General inquiry

The Liberal Opposition today called for the Auditor-General to conduct an inquiry into the purchasing of printer cartridges by Labor Government departments and agencies. Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said information provided to the Liberal Opposition indicated the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet had purchased more than 200…

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Adelaide Zoo assets at risk

Assets of cash-strapped Adelaide Zoo would be at risk if the zoo defaulted on its loan to Westpac, evidence to the Budget and Finance Committee revealed today. Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Allan Holmes made the stunning revelation: Hon Rob Lucas MLC: “Given the advice you’ve given to this Committee…

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