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The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: At the outset I would like to say that it has been interesting, in recent weeks and months, to see the passionate positions adopted by some Labor members in this chamber on a variety of issues. With anything to do with fish or fishing the Hon. Mr Gazzola is to the…

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Appalling Performance of Patrick Conlon

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:55): I rise to speak about the appalling performance of minister Patrick Conlon, the minister in charge of transport. Recent events highlight the problems that this poor minister has been suffering and inflicting upon the people of South Australia now for some four or five years. I am on the record…

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Position of Ombudsman

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I refer to the Ombudsman Act, which makes it quite clear that it is not lawful to appoint anyone over the age of 65 to the position of Ombudsman. Section 10(1) provides: “The Ombudsman shall be appointed for a term expiring on the day on which he or she attains the…

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Rann Government Arrogance

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I move: That this council condemns the Rann government for its arrogance and inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. I move this motion for two reasons, and the first is as a service to other members of the Legislative Council. Its general nature and drafting will allow other members, during the remainder of…

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Independent Commission Against Corruption

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: As members will be aware, in recent months there has been increasing clamour from a number of commentators and others for an independent commission against crime and corruption in South Australia. I think many people are asking why in particular Attorney-General Atkinson and Premier Rann are so fearful of the establishment…

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Budget Reply Speech (2006)

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Leader of the Opposition): Members will remember that after the 2002 state election the first Rann government broke a series of fundamental election promises that it made right across the board, starting in the tax area. Fundamental commitments not to introduce any new taxes or charges and not to increase any…

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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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