Position of Ombudsman

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I refer to the Ombudsman Act, which makes it quite clear that it is not lawful to appoint anyone over the age of 65 to the position of Ombudsman. Section 10(1) provides: “The Ombudsman shall be appointed for a term expiring on the day on which he or she attains the…

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Rann must explain O’Grady consultancy

A senior public servant has claimed that cyclist Stuart O’Grady was on a $40,000 contract to promote South Australia, but has not done a day’s work in the last financial year. Chief Executive of the Department for Trade and Economic Development (DTED), Ray Garrand, today gave evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee…

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Rann Government manipulating FoI process

The Rann Government has been trying to manipulate supposedly independent Freedom of Information Officers in their handling of a potentially embarrassing series of FoI applications. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today the Rann Government has been claiming it is saving $30 million per year from its Future ICT process, which was…

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What are you hiding, Rory?

Rory McEwen today stands accused of trying to hide potentially critical documents by ignoring strict deadlines under Freedom of Information legislation. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Rob Lucas, said today that, on 6 July 2007 FoI requests were sent to Minister McEwen for all documents in his Ministerial office relating to Mr McEwen and…

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Where are the $30m ICT savings?

Recent evidence given to a Parliamentary Committee by senior public servants has raised doubts about whether the Rann Government’s claimed $30 million a year savings in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) costs were actually being achieved. The Chief Executives of Education and Health have told recent meetings of the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee…

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More doubts on Shared Services claims

Evidence given today to a Parliamentary Committee by the Health Department Chief Executive has cast further doubt on Rann Government claims of $130 million in savings from a proposed Shared Services Centre. The CEO of the Department of Health, Dr Tony Sherbon, gave evidence to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee this week that…

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Rann appointments update

Premier Rann must explain publicly his reasons for continually appointing so many people with connections to the Labor Party to key Government Boards and Committees. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today it is clear that if you are a ‘Labor Mate’ or have a close association with the Labor Party, your…

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Agencies not meeting reporting requirements

Some government agencies are not complying with accountability requirements in terms of meeting time requirements for the tabling of annual reports in Parliament. Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today the Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) should again investigate this issue and report on the accountability of agencies to the public by…

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Rann Government Arrogance

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I move: That this council condemns the Rann government for its arrogance and inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. I move this motion for two reasons, and the first is as a service to other members of the Legislative Council. Its general nature and drafting will allow other members, during the remainder of…

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Black hole in shared services savings

Another black hole has emerged in the Rann Government’s claimed $130m in savings from its shared services centre proposal after evidence to a Parliamentary Committee from a senior public servant. The CEO of the Department of Families and Communities, Sue Vardon, this week gave evidence to the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and stated…

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