Rann Government fails elderly and vulnerable

A crackdown on offences against the elderly and vulnerable promised four years ago by the Rann Government has faltered because police haven’t been properly trained in how to implement the new law. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said the gaffe highlighted the Rann Government’s preoccupation with law and order announcements rather than tangible attacks on…

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Foley misleads Parliament on growth claims

Treasurer Kevin Foley misled Parliament yesterday with his claim that economic growth had never been higher in South Australia than under the Rann Government, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. Hansard records Mr Foley making the following claim: “Econom¬ic growth has never been higher in this state than under this Labor government.” 10 May 2006…

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SA’s unexpected $219m GST bonus

The Federal Budget confirms an additional unexpected GST bonus of $219 million for South Australia over the next four years, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “The Federal Budget figures show that the net gain to the state from the GST deal will be $1,123m over the four years from 2006-07 to 2009-10,” Mr Lucas…

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Holloway embarrassed on police resource questions

Police Minister Paul Holloway has been embarrassed in Parliament today when he was unable to explain clearly the Rann Government’s policy on directing the Police Commissioner where additional police resources are provided by taxpayers, according to Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas. “Minister Holloway was unable to explain why it was acceptable for the Rann Government…

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Rann must meet Hindley Street traders

Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said today that Premier Rann had to make time to meet with representatives of the Hindley Street traders to listen to their concerns about violence on Hindley Street. Traders this week again wrote to Premier Rann seeking an urgent appointment after receiving no response at all to their letter to…

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Address in Reply: Role of the Legislative Council

Adjourned debate on motion for adoption. (Continued from 3 May. Page 78.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Leader of the Opposition): I was speaking yesterday afternoon and evening about the importance of the Legislative Council and the various groups that are working at the moment to either abolish or destroy the Legislative Council. In summary, I…

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Rann’s false claims on Legislative Council

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that claims by Mr Rann about ‘legislative gridlock’ being caused by the Legislative Council were demonstrably false and designed to deceive South Australians into supporting Mr Rann’s plan to abolish or effectively destroy the Legislative Council. Rather than ‘gridlock’, the facts of the last four years are that, of…

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Govt must address Hindley Street violence

With another ‘long weekend’ under way the Opposition has called on the Rann Government to ensure an adequate police presence in Hindley Street to guarantee public safety. Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said entertainment venue operators had repeatedly called for support from the government in making the precinct a safe environment but with little apparent…

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Committees should finalise work and reports

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today that when Parliament resumes this month, up to six Legislative Council Select Committees should be given the opportunity to complete their work, to finalise reports and table their evidence in the Parliament. These committees have been investigating issues such as the petrol industry, property taxes, the ‘stashed cash’ affair,…

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Tram extension blowout in costs

There has been a massive multi-million dollar blowout in the total costs of the tramline extension project from Victoria Square to North Terrace, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Information provided by government sources and private sector sources familiar with the engineering costings of the project have confirmed the Labor Government has not properly estimated…

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Tram extension blowout in costs

There has been a massive multi-million dollar blowout in the total costs of the tramline extension project from Victoria Square to North Terrace, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Information provided by government sources and private sector sources familiar with the engineering costings of the project have confirmed the Labor Government has not properly estimated…

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Budget delay – broken promises on the way

An unprecedented four-month delay in the State Budget means the Rann Government is again preparing to break its election promises, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today. “Sadly for South Australians, the warnings prior to the election of a budget ‘black hole’ caused by Labor’s massive election promises have now been confirmed,” Mr Lucas said today.…

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