Future shock on electricity prices

The State Liberals have released data from the Australian Energy Regulator showing surging electricity prices in South Australia in the next two years. “All South Australians will be being paying the price of the Weatherill Government’s failed energy policies with the most expensive power in the National Electricity Market (NEM),” said Shadow Minister for Mineral […]

A new strategy for South Australia’s prisons?

Today’s official opening of the Health Centre and High Dependency Unit at Yatala Labour Prison is a suitable time for Minister Malinauskas to outline the new direction and goals for SA’s prison system. The State Liberals welcome Minister Malinauskas comments that the Labor Government’s ten years of “rack‘em, stack‘em, pack‘em” strategy in our prisons is […]

Fewer police officers and more prisoners

The Report on Government Services released today has revealed that there were 45 fewer sworn police officers in 2014-15 compared to 2013-14. Operational and non-operational sworn police officers 2013-14 – 4,496 2014-15 – 4,451 The figures reaffirm that the Weatherill Government will not come anywhere near meeting its ‘Recruit 300’ police election promise – which […]

Mining investment in freefall

SA’s mineral and petroleum exploration expenditure is declining at a faster than any other State or Territory in the nation according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday. In the September quarter mineral and petroleum exploration expenditure decreased by an alarming 36.9 per cent to just $52 million. “What is most concerning with these […]

White Ribbon Day Motion | SPEECH

That this house— (a) recognises that 25 November 2015 is White Ribbon Day; (b) recognises the great work of White Ribbon Australia in raising the profile of the issue of domestic violence; (c) notes that men play an important role in helping combat domestic violence; and (d) encourages businesses, sporting groups and other community organisations […]

Firearms Bill | SPEECH

Second Reading Adjourned debate on second reading. (Continued from 28 October 2015.) Mr VAN HOLST PELLEKAAN ( Stuart ) ( 12:13 :00 ): It is my pleasure to rise to comment on behalf of the people of Stuart on the Firearms Bill. At the outset, I say that I strongly support people or organisations who […]

Double blow for Upper Spencer Gulf

With the closure of the Leigh Creek coal mine and the loss of another 250 on-site jobs at Whyalla steelmaker and miner Arrium, the State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to increase its completely inadequate economic assistance package for the communities of Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback. “When the Port Augusta power station […]

Upper Spencer Gulf abandoned

“The Weatherill Labor Government stands condemned for abandoning the people of the Upper Spencer Gulf after the release of today’s pitifully inadequate economic assistance package,” said Shadow Minister for State Development Dan van Holst Pellekaan. “The communities of the Upper Spencer Gulf need a bold, substantial package to begin re-orientating the economy in the face […]

Generating higher electricity costs

The State Liberals say the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) decision to reduce the regulated price of distributing electricity in South Australia will be overwhelmed by rising generation costs, meaning households and small businesses will still face increased electricity bills in the future. “The closure of the Port Augusta power stations will reduce total generation supply […]