Tram Party – disgraceful waste of money

The Chief Executive of the Transport Department has confirmed in evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that the Rann Government spent almost $100,000 of taxpayer’s money on a ‘Tram Welcome Party’. This was a disgraceful waste of money at a time when there are hundreds of other priorities more deserving of this…

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Health document shows Foley’s claims untrue

Previously confidential documents now released under Freedom of Information (FoI) prove conclusively that Treasurer Foley’s claims of annual $30 million savings from his Future ICT contracts were untrue. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that Future ICT is a series of contracts replacing the former Government’s single EDS contract. At the…

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Treasury memo reveals more ‘Future ICT’ details

A previously confidential Treasury memo released under Freedom of Information has cast further doubt on the accuracy of Rann Government claims about its ‘Future ICT’ (Information and Communications Technology) process. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that Rann Government claims of $30 million annual savings from its ‘Future ICT’ process have…

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Pressure on Rann to ‘loosen’ FoI laws

Recent decisions by Labor Premiers in Victoria and Queensland and the Commonwealth Government has placed pressure on Premier Rann to loosen South Australia’s increasingly restrictive Freedom of Information (FoI) laws. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas today said it was clear the national campaign by media interests – Right to Know – was…

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Position of Ombudsman

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I refer to the Ombudsman Act, which makes it quite clear that it is not lawful to appoint anyone over the age of 65 to the position of Ombudsman. Section 10(1) provides: “The Ombudsman shall be appointed for a term expiring on the day on which he or she attains the…

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Rann must explain O’Grady consultancy

A senior public servant has claimed that cyclist Stuart O’Grady was on a $40,000 contract to promote South Australia, but has not done a day’s work in the last financial year. Chief Executive of the Department for Trade and Economic Development (DTED), Ray Garrand, today gave evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee…

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Rann Government manipulating FoI process

The Rann Government has been trying to manipulate supposedly independent Freedom of Information Officers in their handling of a potentially embarrassing series of FoI applications. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today the Rann Government has been claiming it is saving $30 million per year from its Future ICT process, which was…

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