Home' InDaily : May 14th 2010 Contents Visit the Envirodevelopment website to find out about how this exciting new program is helping
purchasers select more environmentally sustainable homes and lifestyles: envirodevelopment.com.au.
All you need to do is look for a development displaying the EnviroDevelopment logo when you are
considering your next purchase.
Recently certified EnviroDevelopments in SA include:
Niche at Hillbank
Beyond Today, Port Elliot
The Marina Hindmarsh Island
EnviroDevelopment -- living for the future today...
at your fingertips
May 14 - 20, 2010
3The Independent Weekly
South Australian Treasurer
Kevin Foley is sharpening his
knives in preparation for deep
cuts in the State Budget, despite a
windfall in GST revenues from the
The Public Service Association
(PSA) called on Mr Foley to
abandon a pledge to cut $750 million
from the public sector.
"At the height of the global finan-
cial crisis, the State Government
decided on those drastic cuts," said
PSA chief industrial officer Peter
"But the federal budget has given
SA an unexpected $782 million in
GST, so there s no need to proceed
with the cuts that will inflict more
pain on the community -- unless Mr
Foley s slash and burning of the
public sector is for its own sake,
rather than what he needs to."
Mr Foley acknowledged that
the state will be about $25 millon
better off each year from adjusted
GST revenue, but said this was
not enough for the Government to
"We are still behind and that s
why this state budget coming up
will be a very tough one," he said.
"We re going to have to cut hard.
We re going to have to rein in
The PSA says this will harm
services. Mr Foley has revealed the
cuts would be deeper than he d let
on before the election.
Inside and outside the public
sector the slashings will cause
"angst", he said, which is defined
as a feeling or outlook of dread and
The Treasurer s Sustainable
Budget Commission is reviewing all
areas of government expenditure
and revenue looking for areas to cut
spending and reduce services.
"Cabinet deliberately sought
a larger amount of savings from
agencies than what is required
to meet the government s budget
objectives," Mr Foley said.
"The Rann Government has
never shied away from seeking out
savings and reviewing expenditure
Government taxes and charges
usually go up and services go down
in the first year after an election.
Pre-election budgets are normally
much more generous.
In SA, the government withheld
the depth of the cuts until after the
SA s economy is still in better
shape than some other states,
but like the federal budget much
depends on foreign demand for
what we dig out of the ground: iron
ore, copper and energy, like South
"There s a lot that hinges on and
relies on the resources tax," said
Business SA s Peter Vaughan.
SA is likely to increase the
royalties mining companies pay to
"We ve always had a very low
royalty rate compared to other parts
of Australia because we ve had a
less developed mining industry," Mr
"We re now maturing as a mining
state. I think it s only reasonable
that we look at bringing our royal-
ties more in line with that of the
But Mr Foley is under harsh
criticism for what some perceive
as a toadying relationship with the
world s biggest miner, BHP Billiton,
over the company s proposed expan-
sion of Olympic Dam.
"Olympic Dam must go ahead,"
Mr Foley said. "We don t have the
luxury of debating that issue from
the government s point of view. It
is a must-happen project for this
Greens MLC Mark Parnell said
the Treasurer s stance massively
weakens SA s bargaining position.
"Mr Foley is currently nego-
tiating with the world s richest
resource company on the terms and
conditions for the expansion," Mr
"Of the more than 4000 public
submissions on the project s
environmental impact statement,
including from the government s
own scientists, many were highly
critical of major aspects of the
project, including the location of
the desalination plant, the sky-high
carbon emissions and the manage-
ment of the radioactive tailings
dam and waste rock pile.
"BHP Billiton now knows that
any aspect of the project they
declare as non-negotiable will
force the Rann Government to back
"The Treasurer, by exposing so
openly his bargaining bottom line,
has hamstrung his Government s
ability to secure the best outcome
"In the immortal words of Kenny
Rogers, Treasurer Foley needs
to learn when to hold em ," Mr
Mr Foley responded with
contempt. "They (the Greens)
actually don t want Olympic Dam
to go ahead because," he told ABC
radio on Tuesday, "and I respect
their policy position on that, but for
"Because it was your policy
position in Opposition," presenter
Matt Abraham suggested.
"When? I was still at school," Mr
"When Mike Rann was adviser
to John Bannon," responded
co-presenter David Bevan.
"I was still in school. Mate I doubt
I knew what uranium was when I
was in high school. I was in enough
trouble working out what they were
trying to teach me."
Meanwhile, the value of SA
goods exports declined by 23
per cent, or $2.4 billion, in the 12
months to March this year. Shadow
industry and trade minister Martin
Hamilton-Smith called it a "free-
fall" saying that only nine per cent
of SA companies export, the lowest
percentage of all mainland states.
"SA s car industry output has
collapsed with a massive 84 per cent
fall in exports in the past 12 months,
while wheat and mining exports
have also fallen significantly."
The ANZ jobs survey released
on Monday showed newspaper job
advertisements in SA plummeted
by 19 per cent in April, the largest
fall in the country, although
employment minister Jack Snelling
said the number of advertisements
was still 10 per cent higher than a
"SA still has one of the lowest
unemployment rates of all the
states," Mr Snelling said at the start
of the week.
But by yesterday, the news was
worse. ABS figures showed there is
no work to be found for almost three
in 10 young South Australians, and
the state s headline unemployment
rate in April rose to 5.6 per cent,
0.2 percentage points above the
national rate, although the trend
rate remained just below the
State Farmers Federation
president Peter White welcomed
$420 million in federal funding for
drought relief nationwide, but said
he feared the government s budget
might not be able to deliver:
"I think Wayne Swan s done a
bit of a Robin Hood," he said. "He s
taken from the rich and given to the
poor, but I m not too sure that the
rich are going to give it quite as well
as he would hope. The whole budget
could start to fall apart if this
mining tax doesn t come to par."
SA s farming sector, just
recovering from the drought, is
now facing what the Department
of Primary Industries says is one
of the worst locust plagues in the
nation s history.
Agriculture Minister Michael
O Brien blamed an interstate
invasion. "The last thing I would
want to happen is that SA gets the
problem under control in its own
borders, but we have a big fly-in
from across the Victorian or NSW
borders," he said.
The Opposition says the
Government should provide at least
$20 million to Riverland and Mallee
farmers affected by locusts.
And even the state s honey
production could be hived off.
Adelaide University bee expert Dr
Katja Hoogendorn says farmers
spraying locusts can kill bees.
"I have come across a lot of issues
with insecticides being used and
bees dying as a consequence," Dr
Mr Foley will release the state
budget on September 16.
Independent demands, page 6
Foley's ready to cut hard
Terramin's Angas zinc mine at Strathalbyn: SA is banking on increased royalties.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Links Archive May 13th 2010 May 17th 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page