Urgent inquiry needed into appalling treatment of man with intellectual disability

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas has today condemned the Rann Government for the appalling treatment of an intellectually disabled man at Yatala Prison. The Liberal Party has received a copy of a letter of complaint from a family member to the Police Complaints Authority, which also raises disturbing allegations against some Correctional Services staff. “‘Jack,’…

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Independent figures show SA growth lags

The Australian Bureau of Statistics had released official economic growth figures showing South Australia has the second slowest growing economy in the nation, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Economic growth in SA last year was only 2.2 per cent, which was worse than all other states and territories with the exception of New South…

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Minister ignores Auditor General warnings

The Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr. Foley, had continued to ignore warnings from the Auditor General about significant accounting control deficiencies in his Department, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. This year’s Auditor General’s Report states: “…Staff who processed expenditure transactions on behalf of the Department did not have a signature register to verify…

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Auditor-General points finger at Minister Hill

Minister for Health John Hill stood condemned for a financial scandal identified in the Auditor-General’s Report in which most of the decisions taken last year in the $2.5 billion Health Department were made without appropriate approval authority, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The Auditor-General’s Report this year highlighted that Treasurer’s Instructions had been breached…

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COUNTERFEIT NOTES CASE NOT INVESTIGATED

Claims by a Rundle Street nightclub owner that police have not responded to a complaint about counterfeit $50 notes needed to be investigated urgently, Shadow Police Minster Rob Lucas said today. “The nightclub owner has told me that three weeks ago a patron had passed two counterfeit $50 notes at his nightclub. The owner then…

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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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