Libs move to re-establish Budget & Finance Committee

The State Liberals will move to re-establish an important Parliamentary Committee, after a five month hiatus. “Today the State Liberals will move a motion in Parliament seeking to re-establish the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “Evidence presented to the Budget and Finance Committee over the last…

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Labor instability

I rise to speak about ongoing instability and factionalism within the Labor Party. At the start of each parliament, the Leader of the Government engages in a series of discussions with the members of the Legislative Council about matters of mutual interest, committees and committee processes, standing orders, etc. On most occasions, the Leader of…

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Treasurer’s Un-answered Questions

Yesterday’s weak costings exercise by the Rann Government has once again demonstrated that Rann Labor is more about spin than substance. The failure of the Government to provide anything more than a flimsy two-page spreadsheet signed off by the Treasurer’s own political staff reveals its desperation to say and do anything to cling to power.…

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MORE RANN WASTE

The Rann Government is wasting up to $20,000 per student in a new scheme sending foster children to some of South Australia’s most expensive non-government schools instead of government schools. “This scheme is being driven by Families and Communities Minister Jennifer Rankine and involves taxpayers paying full fees and costs including uniforms to send students…

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RANN CAUGHT OUT ABUSING public servant database

Premier Rann and the Labor Party had been embarrassingly caught out abusing the Government’s email database to circulate Labor Party campaign material to the state’s public servants. “This is also a clear breach of the Caretaker Conventions Mr Rann and his Government should be observing,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “Mr Rann…

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IS KEVIN FOLEY TELLING THE TRUTH?

Statements made by Treasurer Foley defending taxpayer funded expenses for overseas trips were not supported by documents released under Freedom of Information and official parliamentary travel records. “Mr Foley’s first trip under the spotlight was a two week trip to the United States in August 2009,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. FOLEY…

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Even Labor MPs prefer Redmond to Rann

Labor MP John Rau’s campaign material from last week had revealed that even Labor MPs would prefer Isobel Redmond to Mike Rann. “In an extraordinary revelation Mr Rau cynically has tried to give the impression he has the endorsement of Isobel Redmond when that isn’t the case,” Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today. “The leaflet…

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RUN RANN, RUN

Mike Rann today confirmed that the Labor Party’s factional divisions were deepening only days from the State Election. “When asked whether he would serve his full term as Opposition Leader if Labor loses Saturday’s election, Mr Rann told journalists “that’s to be determined by the Labor Party”. “Factional moves are getting stronger and senior Labor…

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MR RANN, how do you spell “HYPOCRISY”?

Last night on the ABC program Stateline, Health Minister John Hill repeatedly refused to guarantee that Rann Labor’s Royal Adelaide Hospital plan would cost $1.7 billion. “In fact, the best Mr Hill could manage or stumble was that he “hoped” or he was “optimistic” or it would be “about” $1.7 billion,” Shadow Minister for Finance…

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