Matter of Interest: Privatisation

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:11): When the Premier returned recently from his 23rd overseas trip he lodged FOI applications for the water contract of the former government and the contracts in relation to the electricity privatisation as well and indicated that from his viewpoint privatisation would be a major issue at the next election. I…

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Foley’s chest beating water confession

Contrary to the chest beating last week – and over the last 10 years – by Premier Mike Rann and Treasurer Kevin Foley over the supposed evils of the SA Water “privatisation” contract, the Rann Government had already taken the secret decision to continue the “privatisation” if re-elected in March 2010. “Prior to the 2002…

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Rann’s ads BANNED under federal guidelines

Evidence today from officers of the National Audit Office to a Parliamentary Committee had confirmed that many of Mr Rann’s controversial government advertising campaigns would be banned if federal guidelines were applied. Mr Robert Holbert and Mr Michael White, from the National Audit Office, today gave evidence to the Legislative Council Select Committee on Government…

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RANN’S claim on PPPs – WRONG!

Claims made last weekend by the Premier – through a spokeswoman – about probity concerns with Labor Party fundraisers and bidders for major government contracts were WRONG. “Last weekend, Mr Rann was under attack because he and his Ministers were involving themselves in major Labor Party fundraisers with bidders and advisers during the actual bidding…

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Auditor-General should advise on probity issues

The Auditor-General should provide advice urgently on whether it is appropriate for the Premier and other Ministers to be involved in Labor Party fundraising events organised through SA Progressive Business with bidders and advisers involved in a public-private partnership bidding process. “For example, documents obtained under Freedom of Information demonstrate that during the expressions of…

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MASSIVE BREACHES of Govt Advertising guidelines

Stunning revelations at a Parliamentary Committee had revealed massive breaches of the Rann Government’s own advertising guidelines and, in particular, that 24 separate advertising campaigns in the last three years had not been approved by the government body established for approval. “Mr Chris Eccles, Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC),…

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SA Tourism budget CUTS

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) had made the first in a series of budget cuts by slashing an annual grant of $521,000 to the racing industry. Chief Executive Andrew McEvoy told the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that the annual payment to Thoroughbred Racing SA for advertising and promotion, together with cuts in…

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Questions that RANN MUST ANSWER

Premier Mike Rann’s office had today attempted to make an issue of the Liberal Party’s legitimate fundraising activities to deflect from a series of concerning reports in newspapers regarding Labor Party fundraising. “Given that his office has now begun to address the issue of fundraising, after a long silence, he must now come clean with…

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$200k WASTED on unused “new model”

In excess of $200,000 dollars had been wasted on a consultant developing a “new model” to handle surplus public servants, which was now not being used, Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today. “Senior executives from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet gave evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee that…

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