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Running an Efficient and Stable Government

The public service works hand-in-hand with governments to make South Australia great. With a focus on innovation and collaboration the public sector can deliver services we can all be proud of.


We Believe

  • The public service is one of our State’s greatest assets, able to drive change in South Australia when given the freedom and respect it needs to unleash its potential
  • The public service should be free from political interference, with a premium placed on frank and fearless advice, with jobs won on merit, not as rewards for political loyalty
  • The public service can be a place of innovation, where people are encouraged and supported to come up with creative solutions to the challenges facing South Australia
  • Governments must use taxpayers’ resources in an efficient way by keeping costs in check, avoiding waste and investing in projects with a positive benefit for South Australians
  • Government budgets should be carefully planned and managed to avoid burdening South Australian families and businesses with higher taxes and state debt
  • A responsible government should always seek to lower the costs imposed on families and businesses
  • Elected Members of Parliament and public servants are accountable to South Australians and must act with utmost integrity in their use of resources and interactions with communities


How we will achieve this together

  • 9.1 Valuing the public service and investing in its future
  • 9.2 Making South Australia productive through innovation and collaboration
  • 9.3 Providing high quality services in an efficient way, eliminating waste and overspending
  • 9.4 Balancing the budget and reducing state debt over the long-term
  • 9.5 Reducing cost of living for families and households
  • 9.6 Reducing the cost of doing business
  • 9.7 Cutting red tape and modernising regulation

Related Policies

Paying Bills on Time

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Government will ensure automatic penalties are made payable to businesses so that government departments are held responsible for their failure to pay bills on time.

Gift Card Expiry Dates

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will legislate to protect consumers by ensuring that gift cards purchased in South Australia are required to have a minimum expiry date of three years.

Representation for Recreational and Commercial Fishers

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Government will establish a new body for recreational fishers, including representatives of Recfish SA, Recfish Central, the SA Fishing Alliance and any other relevant group, and re-establish the Fisheries Council as a policy forum for the recreational and commercial fishing sectors.

Government Procurement

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will implement a series of reforms to enable South Australians businesses to better participate in government procurement by providing more opportunities more simply.

Natural Resources Management

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will make NRM reform a foundation of our environmental and regional policies through decentralisation of decision making and empowerment of communities.

Government Advertising

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will impose strict controls on the use of taxpayer funded advertising.

Frontline Policing

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will commission a retired judge or senior lawyer to lead a review of all aspects of police work.

Liberal Energy Solution

After 15 years of Labor, South Australian households and businesses are suffering with the highest energy prices in the world.

Our Liberal Energy Solution will deliver cheaper and more reliable energy for our State.

Scrapping the State Bank Tax

The State Liberals have made the decision to scrap the State Bank Tax to ensure South Australian families and businesses will not have to bear the additional $370 million cost that Labor wants to impose on them.

Leading A Focused Government

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure each government department reports to only one Minister, restoring ministerial accountability while cutting bureaucratic duplication and waste.