Arrogant Foley goes into hiding

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas is calling on Treasurer Foley to come out of hiding to answer questions from South Australians angry at further broken promises by Mr Rann and Mr Foley. This follows the revelation the Rann Government will cut nearly 400 public service jobs by offering separation packages. “Ever since news of another broken…

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Mr Rann, can you spell hypocrite?

Revelations of public service job cuts expose Mr Rann and Mr Foley as stunning hypocrites who did not tell the truth prior to the election to ensure the Rann Government was re-elected, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Just two months after the election it has now been revealed that the Rann Government will cut…

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Rann’s budget lurches into further crisis

Further evidence is emerging of the widespread implications of the Rann Government’s looming budget crisis and its unprecedented decision to delay the budget by four months, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The latest evidence relates to tender processes and recruitment of staff for government departments and agencies,” Mr Lucas said. “Information provided to the…

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Public sector turmoil helps cause budget crisis

Public sector turmoil, including long delays in appointing key CEOs and wrong decisions in appointing some key CEOs, is helping to cause the budget crisis facing the Rann Government, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “It is clear that the Rann Government’s incompetence in managing public sector appointment processes is now costing taxpayers dearly and…

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Grim growth rate forecasts for SA

Independent forecaster the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is predicting job and economic growth in South Australia this coming year to be only about half of the national rate, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. SACES’ May 2006 Economic Briefing Report released yesterday has predicted job growth in 2006-07 of only 1.25% in…

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Bad news to deliver again but where’s Mr Rann?

‘When the heat’s on, Rann’s gone,’ according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. Mr Lucas says Deputy Premier Foley has been left to ‘carry the can’ with media questioning when bad news inevitably emerges whenever Premier Rann disappears overseas. “The Rann Government continues to treat South Australians as fools by playing this game and it is…

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State budget out of control

Massive capital budget blowouts combined with massive unfunded election promises have the Rann Government’s budget spinning wildly out of control, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. This follows Mr Foley’s refusal to rule out delays in major transport and other infrastructure projects because of the cost blowouts. “The fact the state budget has been delayed…

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Rann Government fails elderly and vulnerable

A crackdown on offences against the elderly and vulnerable promised four years ago by the Rann Government has faltered because police haven’t been properly trained in how to implement the new law. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said the gaffe highlighted the Rann Government’s preoccupation with law and order announcements rather than tangible attacks on…

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Foley misleads Parliament on growth claims

Treasurer Kevin Foley misled Parliament yesterday with his claim that economic growth had never been higher in South Australia than under the Rann Government, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Hansard records Mr Foley making the following claim: “Econom¬ic growth has never been higher in this state than under this Labor government.” 10 May 2006…

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SA’s unexpected $219m GST bonus

The Federal Budget confirms an additional unexpected GST bonus of $219 million for South Australia over the next four years, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The Federal Budget figures show that the net gain to the state from the GST deal will be $1,123m over the four years from 2006-07 to 2009-10,” Mr Lucas…

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Holloway embarrassed on police resource questions

Police Minister Paul Holloway has been embarrassed in Parliament today when he was unable to explain clearly the Rann Government’s policy on directing the Police Commissioner where additional police resources are provided by taxpayers, according to Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas. “Minister Holloway was unable to explain why it was acceptable for the Rann Government…

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Rann must meet Hindley Street traders

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today that Premier Rann had to make time to meet with representatives of the Hindley Street traders to listen to their concerns about violence on Hindley Street. Traders this week again wrote to Premier Rann seeking an urgent appointment after receiving no response at all to their letter to…

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Address in Reply: Role of the Legislative Council

Adjourned debate on motion for adoption. (Continued from 3 May. Page 78.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Leader of the Opposition): I was speaking yesterday afternoon and evening about the importance of the Legislative Council and the various groups that are working at the moment to either abolish or destroy the Legislative Council. In summary, I…

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