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 […]

100 days of inaction in the north

With the news that Alinta has abandoned a feasibility study into replacing its coal-fired powered stations in Port Augusta with a solar thermal plant the State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to release its support package for region. “I’m increasingly concerned that the Weatherill Government is totally bereft of ideas as to how […]

Mineral exploration falls into a hole

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to reverse its budget cuts to the Minerals Resources and Energy budget to stem a disastrous slide in jobs and exploration in the mining sector in South Australia. Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday shows mining and petroleum exploration in South Australia has fallen from […]

Mining jobs in freefall for last 20 months

The State Liberals have labelled the Weatherill Government economically illiterate for predicting a surge in jobs in the mining industry in the middle of a collapse in commodity prices. In the 12 months leading up to the Weatherill Government’s November 2014 prediction of an extra 5,000 jobs in the resources sector in South Australia commodity […]

State Labor drops out on mobile phone blackspots

Due to the Weatherill Labor Government’s refusal to contribute any funding towards mobile blackspots, South Australia will receive just 11 out of 499 new mobile phone base stations to be constructed across the nation. “Once again the Weatherill Government has turned its back on the interests of regional South Australians,” said Member for Stuart, Dan […]

Weatherill Government spends $550,000 on botched Emergency Services reforms

Evidence to the State Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee today has revealed the Weatherill Labor Government’s failed Emergency Services amalgamations have cost taxpayers $550,000, with greater losses to come. “Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo has lost the confidence of emergency service volunteers, failed to implement reform and wasted a significant amount of taxpayer’s money, said […]

Jobs and small business package great news for SA

Shadow Minister for Small Business Dan van Holst Pellekaan has praised the Commonwealth Government for their $5.5 billion jobs and small business package announced in their 2015 Budget. Mr van Holst Pellekaan has called on State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to continue what the Commonwealth Government has started by focusing on small businesses in next month’s […]