Rann Government’s land sale

The Rann Government has quietly implemented a major change in policy to encourage government departments to sell more land assets to help resolve budget problems. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that senior executives of the Department of Environment and Heritage revealed the policy change in evidence to the Legislative Council…

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LMC Executive points finger at Conlon

Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that stunning evidence to a Parliamentary Inquiry by senior Land Management Corporation (LMC) executives had now created major problems for Minister Conlon. A hearing of the Legislative Council’s Statutory Authorities Review Committee was told by Mr Wayne Gibbings, Chief Executive of the LMC, that it…

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Appalling Performance of Patrick Conlon

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:55): I rise to speak about the appalling performance of minister Patrick Conlon, the minister in charge of transport. Recent events highlight the problems that this poor minister has been suffering and inflicting upon the people of South Australia now for some four or five years. I am on the record…

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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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