Rann’s $572M revenue windfall

Latest figures show the Rann Government is going to collect an expected windfall of $572 million in extra revenue over the next four years, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. The Mid Year Budget Review (MYBR) released just before Christmas details the extraordinary windfall gains in just the three months since the September Budget. Total…

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LAND TAX MAJOR CAUSE OF RENTAL CRISIS

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that massive increases in land tax in recent years were a major reason for Adelaide’s current rental housing crisis. Over recent months the rental housing market in Adelaide has tightened considerably with official figures now showing rents soaring and vacancy rates the lowest since data collection commenced three years…

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Four year anniversary card for Mr. Rann

An increasingly arrogant Rann Government is snubbing its nose at Parliamentary accountability by refusing to answer hundreds of questions on notice in the Parliament. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that some of the questions had been unanswered for periods of up to four years and, to mark the occasion, Premier Rann would be receiving…

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Solution to dispute just two months away

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that the retirement of Auditor-General Ken MacPherson in two months (February 2007) time should see the end of the escalating dispute with the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Rann Government has decided not to proceed with legislation to extend Mr MacPherson’s time by five years because it knows the…

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Key Ashbourne payout documents hidden

The Rann Government has refused to release almost 100 documents relating to the payout of more than $400,000 to Mister Rann’s former senior political ‘spin doctor,’ Randall Ashbourne, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr. Ashbourne was one of the central figures with Attorney General Michael Atkinson in the Atkinson/Ashbourne/Clarke scandal which is still being…

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Urgent inquiry needed into appalling treatment of man with intellectual disability

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas has today condemned the Rann Government for the appalling treatment of an intellectually disabled man at Yatala Prison. The Liberal Party has received a copy of a letter of complaint from a family member to the Police Complaints Authority, which also raises disturbing allegations against some Correctional Services staff. “‘Jack,’…

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Independent figures show SA growth lags

The Australian Bureau of Statistics had released official economic growth figures showing South Australia has the second slowest growing economy in the nation, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Economic growth in SA last year was only 2.2 per cent, which was worse than all other states and territories with the exception of New South…

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Minister ignores Auditor General warnings

The Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr. Foley, had continued to ignore warnings from the Auditor General about significant accounting control deficiencies in his Department, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. This year’s Auditor General’s Report states: “…Staff who processed expenditure transactions on behalf of the Department did not have a signature register to verify…

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