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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What is Rann Government hiding?

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson’s Department had refused access under Freedom of Information laws to all 29 of 29 documents on the sale of the Public Trustee building and the related purchase of the Stock Exchange building. This is yet another example of the arrogance of the Rann government and raises important questions about what the Government…

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WorkCover

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: At the outset I would like to say that it has been interesting, in recent weeks and months, to see the passionate positions adopted by some Labor members in this chamber on a variety of issues. With anything to do with fish or fishing the Hon. Mr Gazzola is to the…

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Rann Government’s ‘selective outrage’ over breaches of Treasurer’s Instructions

The Rann Government had today been accused of having a policy of ‘selective outrage’ when considering its response to different examples of public servants breaching Treasurer’s Instructions. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said that evidence given today by Land Management Corporation (LMC) executives to the Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) meeting confirmed…

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