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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‘Henny Penny’ Foley flaps again!

Kevin Foley is acting like a 21st century version of ‘Henny Penny’ in claiming that the state budget is in trouble because of the GST deal negotiation, according to Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. “Kevin Foley’s response seems to be limited to be running around in circles with his hands flapping and claiming the sky is…

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Total GST windfall now $1.7 billion

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today latest figures released by the Federal Government show the total GST windfall to South Australia was now $1.7 billion over the seven years to 2009-10. In fact, the Federal Government is estimating that in two years the annual increase in the size of the actual GST windfall will be…

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HOLLOWAY MUST APOLOGISE TO PUBLIC SERVANT

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas says Minister Paul Holloway has been severely embarrassed by damning evidence at today’s ‘stashed cash’ inquiry meeting, and must now apologise for untrue statements he made about so-called lavish spending by public servants at the 6-star Palazzo Versace hotel. Evidence provided to the Upper House Select Committee this morning by senior…

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ANOTHER UNEXPECTED GST BONUS

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas says the latest Federal GST figures reveal that a Rann Government already awash with funds will get a further unexpected GST bonus of $170m over the period up to 2007-08. “At the time of last year’s State Budget the Rann Government estimated that South Australia would get a GST bonus of…

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