How far does ‘tip-off’ scandal extend?

Premier Rann and Police Minister Holloway have to respond to suggestions that the abuse of public office allegations relating to a police officer extend to other people in a range of government departments and agencies, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Media reports today claim police intelligence that girlfriends and wives of bikie gang…

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Wage cost blowouts pressure budget

The Rann Government’s dismal record on wage cost blowouts is placing extraordinary pressure on the budget bottom line, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “In fact, over the last four budgets, actual wage cost increases have blown out by more than 100% at a cost to the budget bottom line of hundreds of millions of…

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Government divisions over separation packages

There is a major division between two senior Rann Government Ministers over how they will achieve their key Budget measure of cutting 1571 public service jobs, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “In yesterday’s Budget lock-up Treasurer Kevin Foley made it clear to journalists that targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSPs) would be offered to public…

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Budget Reply Speech (2006)

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Leader of the Opposition): Members will remember that after the 2002 state election the first Rann government broke a series of fundamental election promises that it made right across the board, starting in the tax area. Fundamental commitments not to introduce any new taxes or charges and not to increase any…

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Foley’s defence destroyed by own words

Claims by former Police Minister Kevin Foley that he concealed the results of a police investigation because it was an operational matter for police are laughable and without substance, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. It has been revealed this week that, prior to the election, the Police Commissioner gave Mr Foley the results…

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‘Stashed cash’ hearings recommence today

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the Auditor-General would be the first witness this morning to give evidence to the reconvened Legislative Council Select Committee known as the ‘stashed cash’ committee. After the state election the Legislative Council voted to re-establish two select committees which had been enquiring into matters relating to the behaviour and…

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