Foley’s $4 billion blowout in unfunded super

South Australian taxpayers have been exposed to an increase of about $4 billion in the level of public servants’ unfunded superannuation liability since Kevin Foley became Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. The following chart shows that under the Liberal Government in 2001 the unfunded superannuation liability had been reduced to $3.2 billion. Under…

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Libs refer Atkinson claims to Police

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas today asked the Anti-Corruption Branch of the South Australian Police Force to consider whether criminal charges should be laid against Attorney General Michael Atkinson. Stunning allegations against Mr Atkinson were made at a Legislative Council Select Committee meeting this week by Mr Gary Lockwood who is a close confidante of former…

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Rann has to sack Atkinson

A further series of stunning allegations about Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has left Premier Rann no option but to sack Mr Atkinson, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Mr Gary Lockwood, who is still working for the Rann Government as a part-time electorate assistant for the Labor Member for Florey Frances Bedford, today told the Legislative…

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Access Economics issues warning on future

Respected national commentator Access Economics has issued a bleak warning about the state’s economic future, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Access Economics’ latest Business Outlook released today states: “The rest of the outlook for SA is weak. As State Chart 9 indicates, there is an obviously underlying downward trend in SA’s share of national…

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Abraham slams Rann Government claim as offensive

Former Director of Public Prosecutions (Acting) Wendy Abraham QC has today rejected as ‘offensive’ claims made by the Rann Government in relation to her decision to prosecute former senior Rann Government adviser Randall Ashbourne, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Senior Rann Government Minister Paul Holloway recently made the extraordinary suggestion that Ms Abraham’s decision…

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Mike Rann’s “Friends”

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Leader of the Opposition): I want to speak about Mike Rann and, in particular, aspects of his political spin and his mastery of that area. I also want to talk about his propensity to claim anyone in public office as a close and dear friend of his of many years. Let…

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Rann Inquiry into Atkinson/Ashbourne ‘inept’

Explosive evidence from the Rann Government’s former senior legal adviser has seen Mr Rann’s inquiry into the Atkinson/Ashbourne affair described as ‘inept’, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Former Crown Solicitor Mike Walter QC, in evidence to the Legislative Council Select Committee in to the affair, dismissed Mr Rann’s inquiry conducted by his Departmental Chief…

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HOLDEN – Total job losses up to 4200

Total job losses resulting from the closure of the third shift and cuts in production at Holden will be between 2800 and 4200 jobs, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Whilst everyone is obviously disappointed for the 1400 Holden workers and their families directly impacted by this decision, we need to remember another 1400-2800 workers…

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PROPERTY TAX concerns to be aired

Significant concerns about South Australia’s property taxation system will be aired this afternoon in the first public hearing of a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. The Liberal Party succeeded in establishing a Select Committee to inquire into all matters relating to the issue of property taxes…

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Atkinson kept critical documents secret

Damning evidence today to the Atkinson-Ashbourne Select Committee from a senior police officer has confirmed that Attorney-General Michael Atkinson kept a number of documents secret from the original police inquiry, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. Superintendent Peter Simons, who was in charge of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) inquiry, today confirmed that key documents held…

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Opposition to Howells reappointment

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has criticised the reappointment of Stephen Howells as the Presiding Member of the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA). “Mr Howells’ conduct in his time as Presiding Member already has drawn much criticism, and the Rann Government should not have reappointed him,” Mr Lucas said today. “Whilst gambling issues are conscience issues in…

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