Appropriation Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (20:18): I rise to speak on the second reading of the Appropriation Bill, and I congratulate my colleagues on this side of the chamber for their contribution thus far to the debate. I think the Hon. Michelle Lensink’s contribution just then highlights, in part, my description on day one of this…

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Statutes Amendment (Budget 2010) Bill

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL Adjourned debate on second reading. (Continued from 14 October 2010.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:32): I rise to speak to the second reading of the Statutes Amendment (Budget 2010) Bill. In doing so I acknowledge that this is one of two budget bills that this chamber will debate. There is the Appropriation Bill…

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RANN’S SECRET ‘SPIN DOCTOR’ ARMY REVEALED

Documents released under Freedom of Information revealed the Rann Labor Government had a ‘secret army’ of 200 ‘Spin Doctors’ hidden in government departments helping the Government to spin its political messages. “These documents list all staff working in public relations, media and communications functions as at June 2010 and the total annual salary bill is…

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Foley racks up $22k phone bill for 2009

Treasurer Kevin Foley’s personal mobile phone bill for 2009 cost South Australian taxpayers a massive $22,000. “Mr Foley must explain publicly why he is wasting up to $22,000 per annum when there are many local phone plans offering unlimited national calls, text messages and significant mobile internet browsing for $129 per month, or only $1,548…

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Rann spin on 15% Ministerial Office cut

Premier Mike Rann’s promised 15 per cent cut in Ministerial Office budgets is an illusion and yet another example of “Rann Spin”. “In fact, the Budget documents show Ministerial Office budgets actually increase by $1.2 million this year compared to last year,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “The Budget papers claim that…

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