MASSIVE BREACHES of Govt Advertising guidelines

Stunning revelations at a Parliamentary Committee had revealed massive breaches of the Rann Government’s own advertising guidelines and, in particular, that 24 separate advertising campaigns in the last three years had not been approved by the government body established for approval. “Mr Chris Eccles, Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC),…

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SA Tourism budget CUTS

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) had made the first in a series of budget cuts by slashing an annual grant of $521,000 to the racing industry. Chief Executive Andrew McEvoy told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that the annual payment to Thoroughbred Racing SA for advertising and promotion, together with cuts in…

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Questions that RANN MUST ANSWER

Premier Mike Rann’s office had today attempted to make an issue of the Liberal Party’s legitimate fundraising activities to deflect from a series of concerning reports in newspapers regarding Labor Party fundraising. “Given that his office has now begun to address the issue of fundraising, after a long silence, he must now come clean with…

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$200k WASTED on unused “new model”

In excess of $200,000 dollars had been wasted on a consultant developing a “new model” to handle surplus public servants, which was now not being used, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “Senior executives from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet gave evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that…

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Rann’s expanding WASTEline

Premier Rann’s own department had spent half a million dollars on a “policy development” consultancy at a time when the state budget was cutting important programmes and services. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet had engaged Boston Consultancy Group (BCG), a global strategic advice firm, to “deepen strategy and policy development capabilities across the…

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More Rann Govt FINANCIAL DISASTERS

Under Treasurer Jim Wright today confirmed that for the third consecutive Budget year, the Health Department had overspent its budget by between $50 million and $100 million, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “In evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, Mr Wright today confirmed that the Health Department had again…

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Matter of Interest: Labor Party

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:30): I want to talk about a major factional brawl within the Labor Party at the moment in relation to the Legislative Council preselection. Mr President, as you would well know, based on seniority the four sitting members would be endorsed: minister Holloway, if he goes on (although he will be…

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CEO wants change to Govt TVSP policy

Evidence to a Parliamentary Committee had confirmed public service job cuts would be greater than the announced 1600 and that there were concerns that savings targets would not be met if the number of separation packages was restricted to 1600, Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today. Ray Garrand, CEO Department of Further Education, Employment and…

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Supply Bill 2009

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:10): I rise to support the second reading of the Supply Bill. As I see it, the background to this debate features some of the comments made by the Hon. Mr Lawson in relation to South Australia’s credit rating, what I will refer to as the AAA credit rating debate. As…

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Rann should follow federal Labor lead

Recent decisions announced by the Federal Labor Government promising greater accountability on frequent flyer points now meant there was greater pressure on Premier Mike Rann to make similar changes. Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said that federal Labor Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner had admitted federal politicians were redeeming frequent flyer points for personal use. “In addition,…

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KOUTSANTONIS answers raise more questions

Answers provided last week by Minister Tom Koutsantonis and the Courts Administration Authority (CAA) on the Minister’s driving record had only raised further questions for the Minister to answer. A summary of the position, as outlined by Liberal MLC Rob Lucas, is as follows: • On 21 May 2007 Mr Koutsantonis was fined for speeding…

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