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There will be no more payroll tax cuts, Premier Jay Weatherill said today.

Rejecting the proposition that payroll tax cuts would be pumped back into business investment, the Premier and Treasurer said there would be no pre-election promises by his government.

“We’ve done a lot on payroll tax for small business,” Weatherill told FIVEaa’s breakfast program.

“No, we won’t be (making any more cuts).

“People will just put that money back into their pockets.”

He confirmed a report today in The Advertiser that Small Business Minister Tom Kenyon had taken a departmental policy document to the Premier, proposing cuts to stamp duty and payroll.

“We get lots of advice, but we don’t accept every piece of advice we get.”

The policy proposal, reportedly marked “Small and Family Businesses strategy”, recommended further payroll tax cuts “to provide certainty to business”.

In his regular Thursday appearance on FIVEaa, Weatherill re-visited the Holden issue, rejecting a statement this week by General Motors’ executives that the debate on federal subsidies had nothing to do with the company’s decision to stop making cars in Australia by 2017.

Stefan Jacoby, head of GM’s international operations, told Australian media that Holden’s decision was inevitable and federal or state government policies had no impact on the decision.

“The decision to close the factories would have happened anyway,” Jacoby said.

Today, the Premier was sticking to his view that Holden could have been saved.

“I don’t accept the Jacoby proposition,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that on October 2nd Holden put a proposition to the government that would have meant they’d be here for the next 10 years.

“You’d have to accept they Holden were genuine in that proposition.”

Asked for his views on the treatment of Supreme Court judge Anne Bampton’s drink driving conviction, Weatherill said he was satisfied with the outcome.

Bampton, 51, appeared in the Adelaide magistrates court Wednesday, pleading guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and driving without due care on November 30.

She was fined $1300 and disqualified from driving for more than eight months.

Chief Justice Chris Kourakis later said that for the next 12 months Bampton wouldn’t sit on cases involving a driving offence or a civil claim arising out of one.

She also won’t be involved in the sentencing of an offender who was materially affected by alcohol.

The Premier said Bampton’s actions were an “act of complete stupidity”  and it was appropriate she was penalised in the same manner as any other person

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