‘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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Rann’s backflip on ecstasy

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas has welcomed today’s extraordinary backflip by the Rann Government to include ecstasy belatedly in the state’s drug driving testing regime. “This is a major embarrassment for Mr Rann and Road Safety Minister Zollo, as they have strongly opposed Liberal Party calls for change for months,” Mr Lucas said today. “The…

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Small business worried about Rann policies

A business survey released today reveals most small and medium-sized businesses think the Rann Government’s policies are not supportive of small business, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “As part of the Sensis® Business Index, small and medium enterprises in South Australia were asked whether they believe the Rann Government’s policies are supportive of small…

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Big increases in some crime rates

Big increases in the rates of crimes such as sexual offences, offences against good order and driving offences have been shown in previously unpublished crime statistics, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “Whilst the Rann Government is quick to boast about reductions in crime statistics for other crimes, they have not highlighted these worrying…

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Libs to target Rann Government waste

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today Liberal Leader Iain Evans had announced the establishment of a Waste Watch Committee to target Rann Government waste over the next four years. “Mr Rann and Mr Foley have had $2.3 billion more to spend this year than the former Liberal Government had in its last year and yet…

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Gago ducks for cover

Rann Government Minister Gail Gago has been caught out trying to pass the buck on a matter clearly in her portfolio but which she found too difficult to discuss, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “As Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Gail Gago has responsibility for the Controlled Substances Act that Independent…

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More warning signs for SA economy

Retail sales figures issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and a June survey of business intentions by the Engineering Employer Association (EEASA) were two further warning signs about the health of the South Australian economy, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The monthly survey by EEASA of South Australia’s metal and engineering industries…

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SA falls behind other states in infrastructure challenge

Other Labor states are ‘leaving South Australia for dead’ by using significant private investment to help tackle massive public sector infrastructure backlogs, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Other Labor state governments in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are using Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to help tackle backlogs in funding for schools, hospitals, TAFEs,…

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