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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Public service fury at Rann’s broken promises

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today senior public service executives were furious at Mr Rann’s broken promises on public service job cuts and have predicted hundreds of jobs will go, contrary to specific promises made by Mr Rann at the election. These senior public servants have leaked highly confidential details of an extraordinary Cabinet meeting…

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Rann staff – ‘breeding like flies’

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the total number of ‘spin doctors’ and other Ministerial office staff was increasing so rapidly it appeared they were ‘breeding like flies’. “Mr. Rann is wasting about $20 million over four years by this explosion in the number of staff employed in Ministerial offices,” Mr. Lucas said today. “The…

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Rann must investigate Bressington allegations

Allegations about the behaviour of senior Government Ministers had to be taken seriously by Premier Rann and properly investigated, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr Lucas said if the allegations made this week by Independent MLC Ann Bressington about the behaviour of Ministers Kevin Foley and Pat Conlon were true, they would be a…

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Big screen needed for Socceroo fans!

The State Government should partner with a private sector sponsor and the Adelaide City Council to provide a big screen for Adelaide soccer fans to watch the Socceroos take on Italy this Tuesday morning, Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today. Melbourne has a big screen at Federation Square and Sydney fans…

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Ecstasy loophole in drug driving law

Drivers detected driving with ecstasy would not be penalised under the Rann Government’s new drug driving laws, Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today. “It seems hard to understand why the Rann Government would decide on such a bizarre policy unless the explanation is that this is yet another ‘stuff up’ by Transport Minister Conlon,”…

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