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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Foley fuels Labor disunity

Former leadership aspirant Kevin Foley has sent a warning to Premier-in-waiting Jay Weatherill, fuelling Labor’s disunity. “Mr Foley obviously has no confidence in Labor’s anointed Premier-in-waiting Jay Weatherill,” Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “If Mr Weatherill’s own colleagues have no trust in him, why should South Australians trust Mr Weatherill to govern the…

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Schools backlog maintenance still $172 million

Education Department executives have confirmed backlog maintenance in government schools was a massive $172 million as at the end of last month. Chief Executive Keith Bartley told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee there had only been an improvement of about $18 million from the 2010 backlog maintenance figure of $190 million. “Education Minister…

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Health budget in total disarray

Evidence to the Budget and Finance Committee this week has confirmed the Department of Health and its budget are in total disarray. Under Treasurer Brett Rowse confirmed May budget figures showed the health budget had blown out by $88 million and the Labor Government had now appointed both Deloitte and Ernst and Young to help…

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