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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More of the same with MEDIA MIKE

Premier Mike Rann has begun his 2005 magical media world tour with an ‘announcement’ in the UK of something announced two months ago in Adelaide, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “It is a shame the Premier has to justify his travels with re-announcements of old announcements,” Mr Lucas said. Local television, radio and press…

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Treasury opposes $7m subsidy to developer

Treasury strongly opposed the Rann Government’s decision to provide a $7 million subsidy to the developers of the City Central project, according to leaked information from within Treasury provided to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Treasury sources have confirmed that Treasury did not believe the Rann Government’s claim that the taxpayer subsidy of $7m was required…

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