Director of Public Prosecutions

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:42): I rise to speak about the duplicity and deceitfulness of the Premier, the Rann government and its spin doctors. In particular, I want to talk about the arrogance and game-playing engaged in by the Premier, in particular, and his officers in relation to refusing to answer serious questions and issues…

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Do as I say, not as I do!

There had been a $20.5 million blowout and a five year delay in a major IT project managed by Treasurer Kevin Foley. Evidence given to today’s meeting of the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee by Under Treasurer Jim Wright confirmed that the original $22.5 million budget for Revenue SA Information Systems To Enable Compliance…

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2am bar and club curfew in Adelaide

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:38): I rise to strongly oppose any proposed lockout of bars and clubs from 2am or 3am. At the outset, I indicate that this is my personal view which does not purport to represent the view of my party. Ministers Gago and Holloway attended the recent Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy…

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More accountability needed for events funding

The Rann Government should be held accountable publicly for the level of funding provided to major events. Chief Executive of Tourism SA, Andrew McEvoy, today told the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee that ‘commercial confidentiality’ might prevent release of the details of government funding. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today…

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Political Tokenism

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:21): I want to speak about rampant political tokenism. Can I say at the outset that I accept that, on specific or ceremonial occasions, it is appropriate to acknowledge the traditional owners of our lands here in South Australia or, indeed, in other states and territories of Australia. However, I believe…

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Another bad day at the office for Jay Weatherill

Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today’s evidence given to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee had revealed that the Housing Minister Jay Weatherill had wasted up to $5 million on an information technology (IT) project which after five years still wasn’t working. “It is unbelievable that last week Mr Weatherill…

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