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Labor fails problem gamblers

October 18, 2010

Today’s coronial findings into the tragic death of a young woman plagued by a gambling addiction highlight the Rann Labor Government’s failure to tackle problem gambling in South Australia. In 2004 the Premier announced his plan to slash 3,000 poker machines from the 15,000 machines in the system. As at June 2010 there were still 782 machines to be removed from the system to reach the Rann Gover...Click here for full story

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Portolesi disconnected on Aboriginal Affairs

October 14, 2010

In a staggering admission, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Grace Portolesi has revealed she has not spoken with her Federal Labor Indigenous Affairs counterpart since the August Federal election. Terry Stephens, Shadow Aboriginal Affairs Minister said the admission illustrates that Labor is not only disconnected from South Australian voters but also fractured and disconnected from each othe...Click here for full story

Views: 811

If tourism’s improving in SA, why the budget cut?

September 29, 2010

If our state’s tourism sector is thriving - according to the Tourism Minister - it makes no sense to cut millions out of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) budget. “Tourism Minister John Rau told Parliament yesterday how well our tourism industry was performing, yet just two weeks ago his Government slashed spending on tourism by a whopping $12.5 million,” Shadow Minister for Touri...Click here for full story

Views: 822

Failure on housing hurts Indigenous communities

July 15, 2010

The Rann Government’s failure to reach its Indigenous housing targets is bad news for remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia. “News today that SA will lose $900,000 in funding for missing its targets means Aboriginal communities are the ones to suffer,” Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Terry Stephens said today. “Thirty two new houses are yet to be completed across the nation wit...Click here for full story

Views: 803

Rudd’s super tax a risk to Aboriginal communities

May 5, 2010

With around 60 per cent of the state’s mining operations occurring on indigenous land, remote Aboriginal communities are set to suffer following the Rudd Government’s announcement of a 40 per cent tax on mining profits. After declaring in 2008 that more had to be done for Aboriginal communities to benefit from the state’s mining industry, Mike Rann must now tell Aboriginal communities how he will...Click here for full story

Views: 805

Schacht to the heart

January 25, 2010

Premier Rann’s own mate and former Labor Senator Chris Schacht has today given the thumbs down to Labor’s proposed Adelaide Oval redevelopment. Shadow Minister for Sport Terry Stephens said Mr Schacht’s comments on Adelaide radio opposing Labor’s plan, support the argument that the whole idea must be scrapped. “Even Chris Schacht, a Labor powerbroker and someone with a wealth of experience withi...Click here for full story

Views: 837

Oh no, J-Lo

January 20, 2010

It’s a case of different day, different story for Tourism Minister Jane-Lomax-Smith who has contradicted herself on major events payments. Last week Shadow Tourism Minister Terry Stephens said that South Australians should know how much the Rann Government has paid to have sporting greats Lance Armstrong and John McEnroe attend events in SA. “In response to the Opposition’s claims, the Tourism M...Click here for full story

Views: 841

Show us the money, show us the bill

January 15, 2010

South Australians should know how much the Rann Government has paid to have sporting greats Lance Armstrong and John McEnroe attend events in SA. Terry Stephens, Shadow Tourism Minister said that the while the Victorian Labor Government informed Victorian taxpayers that they paid $1.5 million towards Tiger Woods’ appearance fee at the 2009 Australian Masters Golf Tournament the Rann Government re...Click here for full story

Views: 825

Foley Fudges Figures

January 14, 2010

For a man who claims financial credibility, Treasurer Kevin Foley needs to work on his numbers. Shadow Sport Minister Terry Stephens said the Treasurer was now simply guessing what the Liberal Opposition’s inner city stadium proposal would cost. “On Adelaide radio yesterday, the Treasurer again repeated his mantra that a brand new stadium would cost over $1 billion, when industry advice is that...Click here for full story

Views: 821

Liberal vision has Labor running scared

December 22, 2009

Today’s news that Minister Wright is worried for sports located at State Sports Park is just another lame attempt by Labor to neutralise the State Liberals’ exciting vision for City West. Minister Wright has claimed sporting organisations located at State Sports Park are ‘expressing concerns’. “What the Minister has failed to realise is that the Liberal Opposition is constantly talking to sport...Click here for full story

Views: 783

Rann plays follow the leader, again...

December 2, 2009

After criticising the cost of the Liberals’ plan for an inner city stadium the Rann Government has suddenly scrambled to find $450million for a patch-up job at Adelaide Oval. Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said she was delighted the Rann Government now recognised an inner-city stadium is the way to go for South Australian sports fans but was concerned the Rann Government’s planned development w...Click here for full story

Views: 848

Liberals back motorplex

October 25, 2009

The State Liberals have announced their support for Adelaide Motorplex Consortium’s plans to build a multi-disciplinary motorsport complex in Adelaide. Shadow Minister for Sport Terry Stephens will address a public rally at Parliament House today to announce that a State Liberal Government would make available the land required (for either lease or purchase) for a multi-code motorsport complex. ...Click here for full story

Views: 786

Tourism Statistics paint a worrying picture

October 13, 2009

Latest tourism numbers reveal South Australia is falling behind the rest of the country in attracting tourists. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its quarterly tourist accommodation publication* recently, showing that in the June quarter: South Australia had the equal lowest bed occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms South Australia had...Click here for full story

Views: 810

Government's farcical display

April 30, 2009

The Rann Labor Government today fought to chair a Committee it did not want established in the first place – in the name of politicking. Despite Government Members voting against the motion - yesterday the Legislative Council supported the establishment a Select Committee to inquire into the South Australian Racing Industry. In extraordinary scenes in the Legislative Council this afternoon, La...Click here for full story

Views: 835

Motorsport legend’s comments right on track

March 16, 2009

Clipsal spectators could be making use of world class facilities this week if the Rann Government had supported legislation introduced by the Liberals to give the State Government control of Victoria Park – instead they will be housed in a temporary grandstand that ‘beggars belief’. Opposition spokesman for Sport Terry Stephens said the State Liberals agree with motorsport legend Murray Walker’s ...Click here for full story

Views: 817

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