Rating agency rejects Foley claim

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today welcomed an announcement from independent credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s that a Liberal Government would not be a threat to the state’s AAA credit rating. “Treasurer Foley made a series of outrageous claims yesterday that if a Liberal Government was elected the state’s AAA credit rating would be at…

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Liberals release key costings details

A Liberal Government would cut Labor waste to fund high priority areas including tax relief and concessions, mental health, disability services, education, police and roads. Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said up to $300 million a year could be saved to pay for significant new funding commitments in these high priority areas. “Liberal promises during this…

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Weatherill embarrasses himself

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the State Government would have to do better than sending out Jay Weatherill to claim incorrectly that there was a ‘gaffe’ in the Liberal Party costings for its ground-breaking concessions policy. This new utilities allowance is based on similar Commonwealth payments, with similar eligibility rules. The Federal Government has…

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Ombudsman takes action over FOI applications

The State Ombudsman has intervened and taken action to stop the Rann Government from refusing to consider a number of Freedom of Information (FOI) applications until after the coming election, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “In December last year the Rann Government and its officers tried to delay responding to 30 FOI applications from…

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SA retail trade growth worst in Australia

The latest retail trade figures further highlight that the massive increase in state taxes and charges under the Labor Government are holding back economic and jobs growth in South Australia, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. The December figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that South Australia is the worst…

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NINE DEPARTMENTS PREDICT BUDGET BLOWOUTS

Confidential Treasury documents provided to the State Government warn that nine departments have been predicting they will overspend their budget allocations this year, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has revealed. These confidential documents were provided to Treasurer Foley for an Expenditure Review and Budget Cabinet Committee meeting on November 21 last year. The documents include the…

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Where has the $2300 million gone?

The Rann Government has broken its own record as the highest taxing government in South Australia’s history but much of the enormous extra revenue collected has been wasted, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Today’s Mid-Year Budget Review confirms the Rann Government is still the highest taxing government in the state’s history, with total revenue…

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RANN’S EMBARRASSING WEBSITE GAFFE

Mike Rann has wasted $250,000 advertising a non-existent website address as part of his supposed nurse recruitment advertising campaign, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr Rann was heavily criticised last week for an expensive ‘feel good’ health advertising campaign as part of his pre-election campaign strategy. The Rann Government’s defence to that criticism was…

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