Rann must answer questions on appointments

Taxpayers were paying almost $800,000 every year for Rann Government board appointments of “Labor mates” or people with a close association to the Labor Party. “Mr Rann must explain publicly his reasons for continually appointing so many people with connections to the Labor Party to key Government boards and committees,” Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said…

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Rann’s new favourite “POWER COUPLE”

The Rann Government had appointed their new favourite “power couple” Margaret Wagstaff and Phillip Bentley to at least six Government boards and committees in recent years. “These appointments came in addition to the lucrative consultancies of $80,000 for four months work given to Ms Wagstaff by Minister Jennifer Rankine,” Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today.…

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WorkCover contract being renegotiated

The WorkCover claims management contract was being urgently renegotiated to ensure claims manager Employers Mutual Limited (EML) could not get a windfall profit from recent legislative changes passed by the Parliament. Evidence given today by WorkCover Chairman Philip Bentley to the Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) confirmed there had been a “robust” discussion between WorkCover…

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Atkinson/Ashbourne/Clarke affair

Statement tabled in the Legislative Council on Wednesday 26 November 2008 ATKINSON/ASHBOURNE/CLARKE AFFAIR Statement by members of the former Select Committee on the Atkinson/Ashbourne/Clarke Affair The Select Committee was established by resolution of the Legislative Council on 7 July 2005. When the Second Session of the 51st Parliament was prorogued on 14 August 2008, the…

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Atko says lawyers need own offices – and we pay!

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson’s department was going to spend up to $8 million extra over 10 years so lawyers could have their own separate office, contrary to current government office accommodation guidelines. In evidence to today’s meeting of the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, Jerome Maguire (Justice Department Chief Executive) confirmed that he had made…

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What is Government hiding on Aquatic Centre deal?

Thirty five Treasury documents expressing concern about the Government’s State Aquatic Centre deal had been blocked from release by the Government under Freedom of Information (FoI) laws. In June the Rann Government announced that the Aqua43 consortium, including MacQuarie Bank and Candetti Constructions, had been the successful tenderers for the $50 million State Aquatic Centre…

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WorkCover EOI “SMELLY” and “IMPROPER”

Stunning evidence given today to a Parliamentary Inquiry revealed that the Chief Executive of a major company believed the WorkCover expression of interest process seemed "smelly” and “improper". Mr Paul Serong, Chief Executive of Cambridge Integrated Services, made the comments to the Legislative Council Statutory Authorities Review Committee about eventual successful bidder Employers Mutual Limited's…

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