ABS issues three warnings on SA economy

Three separate sets of official economic figures issued this past week paint a bleak picture of South Australia’s current economic performance, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. These Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show: • SA’s economic growth over the last year was the second worst of all states and territories • SA’s business…

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Leaks symptomatic of Government under pressure

A continuing series of leaks from within the Government and the public service is a clear indication of a Government and Ministers under pressure and a budget in crisis, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Yesterday’s amazing revelation that Treasurer Foley was unaware that a key government agency that reports to him (the South Australian…

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Atkinson/Rann fail to stop Select Committees

An unprecedented lobbying campaign by Attorney-General Atkinson and Premier Rann failed to block the re-establishment of two critical Legislative Council Select Committees, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Liberal Members, supported by key Independent Members, voted this evening to re-establish the ‘Stashed Cash’ and Atkinson/Ashbourne Affair Select Committees to allow them to finish their jobs…

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Property taxes committee re-established

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has welcomed the decision today of Parliament’s Upper House to re-establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes and what are widely considered to be inequities in the current system. The Legislative Council has late this afternoon voted to appoint a select committee to inquire into property tax collection.…

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Rann Govt must answer questions on DNA database

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today that the Rann Government had to accept responsibility for its role in ongoing problems with managing the state’s DNA database identified by Judge Shaw in her scathing judgement last week. While the Police Commissioner will speak on behalf of police officers, Judge Shaw’s judgement raises a number of…

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Arrogant Foley goes into hiding

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas is calling on Treasurer Foley to come out of hiding to answer questions from South Australians angry at further broken promises by Mr Rann and Mr Foley. This follows the revelation the Rann Government will cut nearly 400 public service jobs by offering separation packages. “Ever since news of another broken…

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Mr Rann, can you spell hypocrite?

Revelations of public service job cuts expose Mr Rann and Mr Foley as stunning hypocrites who did not tell the truth prior to the election to ensure the Rann Government was re-elected, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Just two months after the election it has now been revealed that the Rann Government will cut…

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Rann’s budget lurches into further crisis

Further evidence is emerging of the widespread implications of the Rann Government’s looming budget crisis and its unprecedented decision to delay the budget by four months, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The latest evidence relates to tender processes and recruitment of staff for government departments and agencies,” Mr Lucas said. “Information provided to the…

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Public sector turmoil helps cause budget crisis

Public sector turmoil, including long delays in appointing key CEOs and wrong decisions in appointing some key CEOs, is helping to cause the budget crisis facing the Rann Government, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “It is clear that the Rann Government’s incompetence in managing public sector appointment processes is now costing taxpayers dearly and…

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Grim growth rate forecasts for SA

Independent forecaster the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is predicting job and economic growth in South Australia this coming year to be only about half of the national rate, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. SACES’ May 2006 Economic Briefing Report released yesterday has predicted job growth in 2006-07 of only 1.25% in…

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Bad news to deliver again but where’s Mr Rann?

‘When the heat’s on, Rann’s gone,’ according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. Mr Lucas says Deputy Premier Foley has been left to ‘carry the can’ with media questioning when bad news inevitably emerges whenever Premier Rann disappears overseas. “The Rann Government continues to treat South Australians as fools by playing this game and it is…

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State budget out of control

Massive capital budget blowouts combined with massive unfunded election promises have the Rann Government’s budget spinning wildly out of control, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. This follows Mr Foley’s refusal to rule out delays in major transport and other infrastructure projects because of the cost blowouts. “The fact the state budget has been delayed…

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