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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Auditor-General points finger at Minister Hill

Minister for Health John Hill stood condemned for a financial scandal identified in the Auditor-General’s Report in which most of the decisions taken last year in the $2.5 billion Health Department were made without appropriate approval authority, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The Auditor-General’s Report this year highlighted that Treasurer’s Instructions had been breached…

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COUNTERFEIT NOTES CASE NOT INVESTIGATED

Claims by a Rundle Street nightclub owner that police have not responded to a complaint about counterfeit $50 notes needed to be investigated urgently, Shadow Police Minster Rob Lucas said today. “The nightclub owner has told me that three weeks ago a patron had passed two counterfeit $50 notes at his nightclub. The owner then…

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