Parliamentary Labor Party

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:35): Many commentators refer to this Labor government as the most incompetent and most secretive in this state’s history. Sadly, I think now we must add to that the most scandal-ridden government that this state has ever seen. We have a government led by a Premier and a former deputy premier…

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Humiliating back down for Labor

The Labor Government has caved into pressure from the Opposition and industry groups, shelving its controversial industrial safety legislation which former Minister Bernard Finnigan had been trying to rush through parliament. Labor’s sole remaining Minister in the Legislative Council, Gail Gago, today took the unprecedented action of discharging and withdrawing the Bill. Shadow Industrial Relations…

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Opposition to Labor’s Industrial Safety Bill

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Rob Lucas said today the Labor Government needed immediately to delay consideration of controversial industrial safety legislation, which former Minister Bernard Finnigan had been trying to rush through Parliament. Mr Finnigan introduced this legislation on 7 April and had advised Members it was a priority for debate in the next…

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Stunning evidence from Auditor-General

Auditor-General Simon O’Neill has confirmed to a parliamentary committee that funding to organisations such as Guide Dogs SA had been altered from the amounts approved by Cabinet. Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said the Auditor-General told the Legislative Council Select Committee on Disability Services Funding organisations had missed out on up to $640,000: Organisation Cabinet…

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Building dispute lingers on

The Rann Government is still embroiled in a legal dispute with a building company which had refused to repay $750,000 to the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM), Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Evidence given to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee by SAFECOM CEO David Place has confirmed that…

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Labor infighting

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:40): I wish to talk about Labor division and disunity, and what we are seeing at the moment is a Labor Party and a Labor government frankly at war with themselves. The degree of hatred within the Labor Party for each other is best shown, I think, in a statement made…

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Child Employment Bill

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:01): I rise to support the second reading of the bill and indicate, as the Hon. Mr Hood has indicated, that we are in the process of drafting amendments to the bill which we will seek to discuss during the committee stages of the debate. I intend to, at least, briefly…

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Ombudsman forces Rann to release SAPB documents

After a 16 month battle the State Ombudsman has directed the Rann Government to release documents relating to Labor’s fundraising vehicle SA Progressive Business (SAPB), Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “The original FOI application was actually lodged in October 2009, five months before the state election,” Mr Lucas said. “However, it wasn’t until…

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Labor’s warped spending priorities

Premier Rann should cut waste in his own department before cutting funding to country hospitals and eating disorder units, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. Evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee by the Department of Premier and Cabinet Chief Executive Officer Chris Eccles highlighted numerous examples where savings could be made:…

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More waste on consultants to fix SAPOL bungle

The Rann Government has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars paying a consultant to fix a massive bungle over workers’ compensation payments in SAPOL, Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said today. “In evidence to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, SAPOL’s Business Service Director Denis Patriarca revealed hundreds of officers had been underpaid workers’…

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Hapless Finnigan fumbles again

The Rann Government has refused to answer key questions about the claimed independent review of the 2008 WorkCover Act changes, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today. “In January this year the Rann Government announced Bill Cossey and Chris Latham, a senior partner in the Sydney office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), would conduct the review,”…

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