Foley’s folly – RISKIER RISTEC

Treasurer Kevin Foley had been embarrassed by revelations of further major problems with the management of a major IT project in his Treasury Department. Evidence given in June this year to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee by Under Treasurer Jim Wright had revealed that the original $22.5 million budget for the Revenue SA…

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Address in Reply: Education

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (21:33): I rise to support the Address in Reply and, in doing so, I formally thank the Governor for the speech he presented to parliament on behalf of the government. In opening my remarks, I endorse the remarks of my colleague the Hon. Michelle Lensink in her conclusion that, as I…

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Former WorkCover Board Member raises concerns

Former WorkCover Board Member Janet Giles today gave evidence to the Legislative Council Statutory Authorities Review Committee meeting in direct conflict with evidence of former Board Chair Bruce Carter and Chief Executive Julia Davison. “Ms Giles indicated to the Committee that she would have had concerns if Employers Mutual Limited (EML) had been allowed to…

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PPPs – $50m plus just to manage them

The Rann Labor Government was planning to spend more than $50 million on consultants and ‘in house’ expertise just to manage the process of public-private partnerships (PPP) for schools, prisons and the Marjorie Jackson-Nelson (MJN) hospital. “This proposed spending is clearly excessive and an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money and yet another example of Mike…

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Rann appointments update

Premier 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 Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today it was clear that if you were a ‘Labor Mate’ or had a close association with the Labor Party, your…

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$37 million blowout in Shared Services costs

There had been a massive $37 million blowout in the implementation costs of the Rann Government’s troubled Shared Services project. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today that previously confidential documents released under Freedom of Information had now revealed that the Rann Government ignored advice about possible cost blowouts provided 18 months…

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Appropriation Bill 2008

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:18): I am delighted to be able to speak at this hour of the afternoon, and I am pleased to be following the contribution of the Hon. Mr Finnigan. It is not because of anything sensible or useful that he has added to the debate. As I suspected, he managed to…

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