Rann appointments update

Premier Rann must explain publicly his reasons for continually appointing so many people with connections to the Labor Party to key Government Boards and Committees. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today it is clear that if you are a ‘Labor Mate’ or have a close association with the Labor Party, your…

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Agencies not meeting reporting requirements

Some government agencies are not complying with accountability requirements in terms of meeting time requirements for the tabling of annual reports in Parliament. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today the Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) should again investigate this issue and report on the accountability of agencies to the public by…

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Rann Government Arrogance

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I move: That this council condemns the Rann government for its arrogance and inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. I move this motion for two reasons, and the first is as a service to other members of the Legislative Council. Its general nature and drafting will allow other members, during the remainder of…

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Black hole in shared services savings

Another black hole has emerged in the Rann Government’s claimed $130m in savings from its shared services centre proposal after evidence to a Parliamentary Committee from a senior public servant. The CEO of the Department of Families and Communities, Sue Vardon, this week gave evidence to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and stated…

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Oops! Foley’s embarrassing blunder!

Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that Treasurer Kevin Foley had been left red-faced after an embarrassing blunder as he attempted to defend his beleaguered Shared Services Centre proposal. “In a statement issued to the media Mr Foley claimed that I had falsely stated that the State Government was trying to…

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Why is Rann hiding frequent flyer answers?

Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that Premier Rann and Treasurer Foley had refused for almost five months to answer questions in Parliament about frequent flyer points collected from travel by Rann Government Ministers. Last week in Federal Parliament all Federal Members were required to provide details of all frequent flyer…

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Independent Commission Against Corruption

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: As members will be aware, in recent months there has been increasing clamour from a number of commentators and others for an independent commission against crime and corruption in South Australia. I think many people are asking why in particular Attorney-General Atkinson and Premier Rann are so fearful of the establishment…

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Further doubts on Shared Services claims

A damning report by the West Australian Auditor General on the WA model of Shared Services centres had cast further doubt on the Rann Government’s claimed savings for a similar plan. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that a centrepiece of the Rann Government’s budget forward estimates are claimed savings of…

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Foley chickened out!

Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today that Treasurer Foley had chickened out by refusing to do the traditional post budget interview on ABC morning radio. Mr Foley this morning refused to be interviewed at the usual 8:30am-9:00am time slot by David Bevan and Matt Abraham on ABC Radio. “As a former…

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