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Labor must investigate parolee’s escape

March 24, 2011

Labor must investigate urgently how a criminal with a history of violence escaped custody this week. The handcuffed parolee, Drew Claude Griffiths, allegedly has a violent criminal history. On Tuesday evening, Griffiths escaped custody and stole a car which was dumped in Salisbury East. “Labor must explain how it is possible that a violent criminal was able to escape custody while handcuffed,” ...Click here for full story

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Rann Labor delivers new TVs to our prisons

March 3, 2011

News that SA prisons will receive 1,500 brand new plasma TVs at a time when the Rann Labor Government is making cuts to services across the state is a disgrace. Recently released documents on the SA Tenders and Contracts website invite applicants to tender for the supply of 1,500 digital television sets for SA prisons. “Taxpayers will be outraged to learn they are paying almost $1 million for ne...Click here for full story

Views: 917

Labor abandons SA Tourism

February 28, 2011

The closure of the SA Visitor and Travel Centre, King William Street is a result of Labor’s lack of business acumen and a tourism vision for SA. Terry Stephens, Shadow Tourism Minister said that Labor had recklessly slashed $12.5 million from the Tourism budget in the state budget demonstrating their lack of understanding of the support the tourism industry requires. “ABS statistics released in ...Click here for full story

Views: 896

Select committee established to investigate correctional services

February 24, 2011

Shadow Minister for Corrections Terry Stephens has welcomed support from Family First, The Greens and Independent MPs to establish an Upper House committee to investigate the Department for Correctional Services. The committee has been appointed to inquire into the Department for Correctional Services and to report upon areas such as: • whether sufficient resources exist for the efficient operat...Click here for full story

Views: 857

Substance misuse facility farce

February 23, 2011

Labor’s Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Grace Portolesi must urgently explain what is to become of the Amata Substance Misuse Facility now a Commonwealth report has advised it should be better utilised. In May last year, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Terry Stephens queried in Parliament why the facility, funded by the APY Lands Taskforce, was not being used effectively. “Finally it ap...Click here for full story

Views: 862

'Hard Road' ahead for new Sports Minister

February 22, 2011

South Australia has the worst rate of participation in sport and recreation across Australia for participants aged 15–24 and the Rann Labor Government must accept the blame. The State Liberals once again call for an urgent and comprehensive audit of sporting facilities in South Australia. “An ABS report released today shows participation in sport and physical recreation for this particular age ...Click here for full story

Views: 886

Labor’s city-centric tourism plan

February 16, 2011

The South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) Draft Regional Tourism Growth Plan could be a disaster for South Australia’s regional areas and needs further consideration. The major concerns are that funding from regional tourism offices will be ‘rediverted’ and that regional tourism staff could lose their jobs. “I have received feedback from stakeholders and I’ve indicated publically that t...Click here for full story

Views: 871

Libs back Adelaide Cup move

February 12, 2011

The Adelaide Cup public holiday will be returned to May under a Redmond Liberal Government. The Liberal Parliamentary team agreed to the move being proposed by the racing industry as Liberal MPs are convinced it will not only assist racing but also our tourism sector. “Unlike the Rann Government, we’re prepared to consult and listen, instead of just shutting the door on people,” Shadow Ministe...Click here for full story

Views: 918

Tourism Minister caught short

February 12, 2011

Labor’s Tourism Minister John Rau has been left red faced after news that a key publication promoting SA’s tourism sector was not available at a major tourism expo. The State Liberals have learned the South Australian Shorts book was not available to the 11,000 patrons who attended the AFTA Holiday Expo held last weekend. “South Australian Shorts is always handed out at the AFTA Holiday Expo,”...Click here for full story

Views: 878

APY facilities funding could disappear

February 12, 2011

The State Government risks losing vital Federal Government funding which has been provided to assist communities on the APY Lands. Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Terry Stephens has warned that $4.5 million allocated by the Federal Government to help build facilities on the APY Lands could be taken back. “In 2008, the Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs provided funds for infrastru...Click here for full story

Views: 832

Racing does its bit for flood relief

January 28, 2011

The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) holds its Flood Relief Race Day tomorrow at Morphettville with proceeds going directly to the flood relief appeal. Admission to the event is just $5 but if people wish to donate more at the gate, these funds are all passed on to assist Queenslanders affected by the recent tragic floods. Additionally, the SA Jockey’s Association will be donating $5000 and S...Click here for full story

Views: 810

It's time to move the Adelaide Cup

January 24, 2011

The Rann Government must act on growing calls from the racing industry to return the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday to May. “The Adelaide Cup was originally granted Public Holiday status to help promote our racing industry but it’s now clear that staging the event in March is in fact holding racing back,” Shadow Minister for Racing Terry Stephens said today. “Since 2006 when the Rann Government sw...Click here for full story

Views: 820

SA Tourism falls behind under Labor

January 6, 2011

South Australia’s tourism industry is struggling under the Rann Labor Government with South Australia the only mainland state failing to record an increase in room occupancy rates for hotels, motels and serviced apartments. According to ABS statistics released today visitors are also staying less time in South Australia than anywhere else in the nation with the average length of stay of only 1.9 ...Click here for full story

Views: 803

Labor turns its back on local sport

December 22, 2010

Fewer South Australians are participating in sport and recreation than in any other state or territory in the nation. The latest ABS statistics reveal an alarming trend with involvement in sport and physical recreation in South Australia decreasing from 66% (2005-06) to 62% (2009-10). Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Stephens said today that the Rann Labor Government has its priori...Click here for full story

Views: 805

Premier - come clean on Lance Armstrong payment

October 19, 2010

The Premier must come clean on the $2 million fee paid to Lance Armstrong for his Tour Down Under appearances. The budgeted figure for tourism events in 2009-10 was $15.055 million. In budget estimates Tourism Minister, John Rau confirmed that this did not include Lance Armstrong’s fee. The estimated final expenditure for tourism events in 2009-10, including Mr Armstrong’s appearance fee, was $1...Click here for full story

Views: 866

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