Rann’s ‘KEYSTONE COPS’ comedy script

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that if the Rann Government’s defence of a $5 million ‘loan’ from Minister Weatherill’s former department to Minister Hill’s department was to be believed it would make a great ‘keystone cops’ comedy script. Last year’s Auditor-General’s report made significant criticisms of a $5 million ‘loan’ from Minister Weatherill’s Department…

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Another 350 automotive job losses

The latest job losses in South Australia’s automotive industry are sad confirmation of previous warnings about further massive job cuts in the industry, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Component manufacturer Air International Interior Systems has announced it will close its Golden Grove plant within 18 months with total net job losses of about 350…

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Clarke’s evidence: turmoil for Rann

Bombshell evidence from former Labor Deputy Leader Ralph Clarke has blown Attorney-General Michael Atkinson’s story out of the water and caused turmoil for Premier Mike Rann and his Government, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. Mr Clarke has today given evidence and revealed key facts for the first time – to the Legislative Council Select…

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SA exports going nowhere under Labor

South Australian exports continue to stagnate under the Rann Government, with latest figures showing our export performance is the second worst of all states, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “ABS figures for September released today show South Australian exports rose by a paltry 1.7% in the 12 months to September 2005,” Shadow Treasurer Rob…

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SA exports going nowhere under Labor

South Australian exports continue to stagnate under the Rann Government, with latest figures showing our export performance is the second worst of all states, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “ABS figures for September released today show South Australian exports rose by a paltry 1.7% in the 12 months to September 2005,” Shadow Treasurer Rob…

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Rann hypocrisy on party political advertising

Mike Rann is spending more than a million dollars of taxpayers’ money on a series of pre-election advertising campaigns, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. In the last few months we have seen television and radio campaigns on the following (see attached): • Rann Government’s State Strategic Plan claiming ‘stunning’ results such as the new…

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Atkinson breaches of Ministerial Code of Conduct

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the hapless Attorney-General Michael Atkinson would be pursued through the parliamentary process for serious breaches of the Ministerial Code of Conduct. Whilst some of the stunning allegations against Mr Atkinson made by Labor insider Gary Lockwood have already been referred to the South Australia Police Anti-Corruption Branch, the issue…

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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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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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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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