More Public Sector JOB LOSSES

Based on Budget statements made by Treasurer Kevin Foley, further public sector jobs will be cut by the Rann Government (if re-elected) as a result of recent public sector wage deals. “In last year’s Budget Mr Foley made it quite clear that if public sector wage increases were not limited to 2.5 per cent per…

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SA business hampered by Rann’s taxes

The taxation regime under the Rann Government is stifling the states economy and suffocating small business. The independent Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) released its 2009 report of State Business Taxes revealing that South Australia’s businesses pay 4.8 per cent more state business taxes than the national average and 10.5 per cent above tax liabilities…

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Minister Rankine – WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?

Families and Communities Minister Jennifer Rankine’s office had refused to release names and details of her personal staff and had cited public safety issues as the bizarre explanation. “The arrogance of the Rann Government is clearly demonstrated by the increasingly outrageous reasons they give for refusing to provide information under Freedom of Information laws,” Liberal…

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Shock, horror! RANKINE BUNGLES AGAIN

Families and Communities Minister Jennifer Rankine had bungled again in her increasingly desperate attempt to conceal the names of all 21 staff in her taxpayer funded Ministerial office. After being questioned on radio station 5AA this afternoon by Mike Smithson, Ms Rankine indicated she was prepared to show the list of her 21 staff to…

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Auditor General should vet Rann’s abuse of Govt advertising

A Parliamentary Committee had recommended independent vetting of Premier Mike Rann’s government advertising. The Select Committee on Taxpayer Funded Government Advertising Campaigns proposed that the Auditor General investigate proposed campaigns and their compliance with government advertising guidelines. “The Liberal Opposition has committed to ending Mr Rann’s abuse of government advertising by proposing to slash expenditure…

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Still UNANSWERED QUESTIONS on missing USB

The Rann Government’s attempt today to gloss over the “missing USB scandal” had left many unanswered questions. “Mr Foley’s claim today that most of the documents on the missing USB “would be of little value to bidders” is completely contrary to evidence given to parliamentary committees by senior Treasury and Health officers,” Shadow Minister for…

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FOLEY LOSES CONTROL of budget

Evidence given to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee confirmed that after only three months the Health Department was facing another budget blowout of about $80 million. “Under Treasurer Jim Wright told the Committee that the regular monthly monitoring meetings between the Treasury and Health Departments had been told that Health’s estimate of the…

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