Pallaras fires more missiles at Rann Government

There were further fiery exchanges between the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Rann Government at today’s hearing of the Legislative Council inquiry into the Atkinson/Ashbourne affair, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Rann Government Minister Paul Holloway tried to further antagonise Mr Stephen Pallaras QC through a series of questions and statements which…

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NOW WE KNOW WHY RANN WANTED IT KEPT SECRET

Stunning evidence from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to the Atkinson-Ashbourne inquiry helps explain why Mike Rann and his Ministers have tried to cover up the affair right from the start, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Mr Stephen Pallaras today revealed that he believes Mike Rann’s Senior Legal Adviser, Mr Nick Alexandrides, made…

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MEDIA MIKE GOES MISSING

Media Mike Rann is ducking for cover at a time he needs to answer questions about the behaviour of one of his senior advisers in relation to the Premier’s appearance at the Ashbourne trial, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “We now know that the DPP Mr Pallaras has stated that this issue is of…

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Estimates to probe waste and election slush funds

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today this week’s budget estimates committee process would be the last major opportunity prior to the election to probe Rann Government waste and election slush funds totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Detailed analysis of budget papers shows three separate Treasurer’s contingency lines totaling $230m for 2005-06 compared to only…

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SA small business disadvantaged by payroll tax

Thousands of South Australian small businesses are being forced to pay payroll tax while similar businesses in all other states are payroll tax-free, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “The payroll threshold in South Australia below which small businesses pay no payroll tax is the lowest of all states and territories in Australia,” Mr Lucas…

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