AUDITOR GENERAL’S UNFAIR ATTACK ON SAPOL

The Auditor General appears to have criticised unfairly the actions of the Police Commissioner and SAPOL in a recent DNA case, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “On September 6, 2006, when giving evidence to the ‘Stashed Cash’ Select Committee, the Auditor General launched a blistering attack on SAPOL for not cooperating with an…

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‘No privatisations’ Mr Rann?

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that Estimates Committee questioning of the Treasurer showed that taxpayers will be paying $13 million per year to the private sector for the six proposed ‘super schools’. “Given that Mr Foley has estimated the total cost of the private sector investment will be $134 million, it seems a very…

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Another Rann Government drug law debacle

Three specially trained drug detection dogs cannot do their job because the Rann Government has not introduced legislation to give SAPOL the necessary powers, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. The three Labradors, Molly, Jay and Hooch, and their handlers are part of the Dog Operations Unit and were specially trained during June to…

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DOUBTS CAST OVER CLAIMED SAVINGS FIGURE

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that independent consultant reports and Treasury advice had raised doubts about the achievability of budget savings claimed by the Rann Government for its proposed Shared Services Centre. Mr. Lucas said the Shared Services Centre was the centrepiece of the government’s proposed savings programme and is proposed to centralise ‘back…

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Anatomy of a Rann re-announcement!

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today Premier Rann’s supposed new announcement of a police plane had been first announced almost three years ago and had been re-announced at least a half dozen times! Premier Rann told the Annual General Meeting of the Police Association today that he was pleased to be making a ‘new…

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Rann embarrassment over police revelation

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today that stunning revelations of alleged corruption by a police officer were a major embarrassment for Premier Rann and Police Minister Holloway. SAPOL has revealed the arrest of a 34 year old police officer who is alleged to have provided confidential information to ‘people engaged in organized crime with…

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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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