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Weatherill Labor Government must support SA racing industry

April 21, 2014

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to support South Australia’s racing industry. During the recent State Election, the State Liberals committed to providing the racing industry with $300,000 per year to grow and employ more South Australians. This would have allowed the industry to examine ways to upgrade existing infrastructure or develop new facilities....Click here for full story

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Weatherill Labor fails to listen to Coober Pedy residents

December 6, 2013

The Weatherill Labor Government has failed to listen to the concerns of Coober Pedy residents by proceeding with the development of a homeless accommodation centre in the town. Residents, businesses and some APY Lands Elders have expressed concerns about the Government’s current proposal. “Minister Piccolo continues to ignore the concerns of local residents by pushing ahead with his plan for a h...Click here for full story

Views: 1366

Weatherill Labor Government shamed on Adelaide United

November 16, 2013

The Legislative Council this week passed a motion moved by Liberal MLC Terry Stephens condemning the Weatherill Labor Government for its mistreatment of the Adelaide United Football Club. Mr Stephens welcomed the support from crossbenchers. “Adelaide United has been left out in the cold by the Weatherill Labor Government,” said Mr Stephens. “The Weatherill Labor Government is doing anything but...Click here for full story

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Weatherill abandons racing and gambling industries

October 26, 2011

Premier Weatherill has demonstrated he does not value South Australia’s racing and gambling industries by dropping both portfolios from Labor’s Cabinet. “Mr Weatherill has failed to appoint racing and gambling ministers,” Shadow Minister for Gambling and Racing Terry Stephens said. “Instead, Mr Weatherill has stated that gambling will be scattered amongst several different portfolios. “So instea...Click here for full story

Views: 1297

Labor’s $6 million prison blowout?

October 19, 2011

Labor‟s latest prisons announcement appears to have blown out by $6 million. Back in 2009, Correctional Services Minister Koutsantonis announced an $18 million expansion of the Mount Gambier Prison for 116 beds. Mr Koutsantonis has now announced a $23.9 million upgrade of the Mount Gambier Prison for 112 beds. This is Labor‟s latest cost blowout and the fourth announcement of the expansion of t...Click here for full story

Views: 1373

Libs request briefing on latest prison death

September 21, 2011

For the second time in three months a prisoner has taken his own life at South Australia’s Yatala Labour Prison. “The Liberal Opposition has requested a briefing from the Department for Correctional Services on this issue,” Shadow Correctional Services Minister Terry Stephens said. “We also want to know how such tragedies continue to occur in South Australia’s prisons. “It was my understanding ...Click here for full story

Views: 1307

Backpackers pack their bags and leave SA

September 12, 2011

Backpacker visitors to South Australia in the past 12 months have deserted our state in droves, opting for other states like Western Australia and Tasmania. Labor’s Tourism Minister John Rau must explain why 11,000 backpackers over the past 12 months have decided to not visit SA. Figures released by Tourism Research Australia paint a concerning picture for Mr Rau and Labor. “These latest figures...Click here for full story

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City Beach must stay in the city

August 26, 2011

Terry Stephens, Shadow Minister for Sport, called on the Adelaide City Council and the Labor State Government to support Volleyball South Australia continuing Beach Volleyball in the city. “In July I wrote to Mayor Yarwood to keep this unique vibrant sporting venue in the city,” said Terry Stephens. “City Beach supports participation in sport and healthy living, and programs for the disadvantage...Click here for full story

Views: 1264

Again, Kouts tries to avoid responsibility

July 4, 2011

Correctional Services Minister Tom Koutsantonis has again tried to avoid responsibility over violent criminal Drew Claude Griffiths’ multiple escapes from custody. Mr Koutsantonis has passed the buck by imposing a fine of $50,000 on private security company G4S for Griffiths’ multiple escapes. “Mr Koutsantonis fails to accept the buck stops with him as Minister, not G4S,” Mr Stephens said. “In ...Click here for full story

Views: 1262

Labor’s privatisation trifecta

June 16, 2011

Labor has now privatised three Government assets in the first six months of this year, despite its hollow 2002 promise of “no more privatisations”. “Labor has announced the privatisation of SA’s forestry assets, the privatisation of the SA Lotteries Commission, and now the privatisation of the SA Visitor and Travel Centre,” Shadow Tourism Minister Terry Stephens said. “Labor has completed its pr...Click here for full story

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Tourism Minister Rau takes media holiday

June 16, 2011

Labor’s Tourism Minister John Rau appears to have taken a media holiday at the same time the SA Visitor and Travel Centre has been privatised. Labor has broken its 2002 promise of “no more privatisations” for a third time this year with the privatisation of the SA Visitor and Travel Centre. “However, there are a number of questions that Mr Rau must answer in relation to the tender process for th...Click here for full story

Views: 1249

Libs welcome immediate DCS investigation

June 3, 2011

The State Liberal Opposition welcomes an immediate investigation into the death of a prisoner last night. “Minister Tom Koutsantonis must also explain how a prisoner on suicide watch managed to commit suicide while under supervision last night in Yatala Prison. “According to the Department of Correctional Services, the prisoner was being monitored for risk of self harm. “This is the latest cont...Click here for full story

Views: 1255

Koutsantonis must face the music

April 8, 2011

Tom Koutsantonis must face the music as notorious criminal Drew Claude Griffiths has made yet another attempted escape – this time while receiving treatment at the RAH. Last month, Griffiths escaped custody, stole a car and evaded police for days before being captured in a dramatic siege. “How a criminal who has made multiple escape attempts is allowed to make yet another attempt is beyond me,”...Click here for full story

Views: 1325

SA: a prisoner’s paradise under Labor

April 8, 2011

It’s official: South Australia is the nation’s capital for the rate and number of prisoner escapes. The latest available Productivity Commission data reveals that South Australia leads the nation in prisoner escapes with three instances between July 2009 and July 2010. During this period there were five escapes across the country. “Violent offender Drew Claude Griffiths’ two recent escapes incre...Click here for full story

Views: 1315

Minister FINALLY has his say on escapee

March 28, 2011

Correctional Services Minister Tom Koutsantonis has finally had his say on escaped parolee Drew Claude Griffiths but has embarrassed himself in the process. On Tuesday evening, the handcuffed parolee escaped custody and stole a car which was later dumped in Salisbury East and he remains at large. This incident occurred whilst private contractor G4S was transporting the prisoner for the Labor G...Click here for full story

Views: 1278

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