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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Rann’s false claims on Legislative Council

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that claims by Mr Rann about ‘legislative gridlock’ being caused by the Legislative Council were demonstrably false and designed to deceive South Australians into supporting Mr Rann’s plan to abolish or effectively destroy the Legislative Council. Rather than ‘gridlock’, the facts of the last four years are that, of…

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Govt must address Hindley Street violence

With another ‘long weekend’ under way the Opposition has called on the Rann Government to ensure an adequate police presence in Hindley Street to guarantee public safety. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said entertainment venue operators had repeatedly called for support from the government in making the precinct a safe environment but with little apparent…

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Committees should finalise work and reports

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that when Parliament resumes this month, up to six Legislative Council Select Committees should be given the opportunity to complete their work, to finalise reports and table their evidence in the Parliament. These committees have been investigating issues such as the petrol industry, property taxes, the ‘stashed cash’ affair,…

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Tram extension blowout in costs

There has been a massive multi-million dollar blowout in the total costs of the tramline extension project from Victoria Square to North Terrace, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Information provided by government sources and private sector sources familiar with the engineering costings of the project have confirmed the Labor Government has not properly estimated…

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Tram extension blowout in costs

There has been a massive multi-million dollar blowout in the total costs of the tramline extension project from Victoria Square to North Terrace, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Information provided by government sources and private sector sources familiar with the engineering costings of the project have confirmed the Labor Government has not properly estimated…

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Budget delay – broken promises on the way

An unprecedented four-month delay in the State Budget means the Rann Government is again preparing to break its election promises, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Sadly for South Australians, the warnings prior to the election of a budget ‘black hole’ caused by Labor’s massive election promises have now been confirmed,” Mr Lucas said today.…

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‘BLACK HOLE THURSDAY’ FOR LABOR

A massive ‘black hole’ exists in Labor’s costings document to be released finally today by Treasurer Foley, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. As the attached table shows, Labor has made promises worth $1.3 billion as part of the election campaign and build-up. Each of these promises has come from figures provided in Government press…

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Liberal team offers state-wide experience

South Australians wanting to be represented by people with an understanding of issues affecting regional areas should vote Liberal for the Legislative Council, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr Lucas, raised in Mount Gambier, is Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council and this election leads a Liberal ticket featuring well-credentialed candidates from across South…

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How much spending are Rann and co hiding?

Premier Rann and senior Ministers have refused for more than three years to provide details of spending on overseas trips, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today “Parliamentary questions first asked of Mr Rann and some Ministers in January 2003 have not been answered and remain on the Parliamentary Notice Paper,” Mr Lucas said today. “Subsequent…

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