Government arrogance forces policy change

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that incredible arrogance by Premier Rann and his Ministers had forced a major policy shift by the Liberal Party to increase the accountability of the Rann Government to the Parliament. Consistent with the practice in most other Upper Houses, some key Legislative Council Committees will no longer be chaired…

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Doubts emerge over key Budget announcement

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today significant doubts had emerged over the accuracy of claims made by Treasurer Foley over a key budget announcement of a shared services centre. The shared services centre was the centrepiece of the government’s proposed budget savings programme and is a proposal to centralize ‘back office’ functions such as payroll,…

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Please tell the truth, Mr Rann

A clearly rattled Premier Rann is not telling the truth about Liberal Party policy on police numbers. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said that Mr. Rann was on the defensive today when asked by journalists to respond to Liberal Leader Iain Evans’s tough new policy on bail laws. “Mr. Rann today made an outrageous claim…

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Major embarrassment for Rann and Atkinson

South Australia Police has decided not to pursue criminal charges against former Justice Department Chief Executive Kate Lennon, causing a major embarrassment for Premier Rann and the hapless Attorney General Michael Atkinson in particular. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Rann Government during 2005 made a series of accusations against Ms. Lennon, both inside…

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SA economic growth forecast lowest in nation

An independent analysis of Treasury forecasts and budget papers has shown South Australia has the worst economic growth forecast of all mainland states. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that the Australian Financial Review (AFR) last week analysed all Mid Year Budget Reviews (MYBR) produced by State Treasuries and produced the following worrying assessment: Gross…

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Minister Wright’s ‘Excellent Adventure’

For 18 hours in March last year Minister Michael Wright enjoyed an ‘excellent adventure’ of limousines and expensive restaurants in Sydney at taxpayer’s expense, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr Lucas said that documents received under freedom of information relating to Minister Wright’s travel and entertainment expenses reveal: •After flying business class to Sydney…

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