The fourth anniversary of the Weatherill Labor Government marks a period of decline in South Australia’s fortunes during which jobs were lost, promises broken and opportunities missed.
“On any objective measure the four years of Jay Weatherill’s leadership of South Australia has proved an abject failure,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Premier Weatherill’s greatest failing has been on the jobs front with South Australia’s unemployment rate rising from 5.2 per cent when he took the job to 8.0 per cent (trend) today.
“It is particularly damning that South Australia had the second lowest rate of unemployment in the country when Jay Weatherill became Premier but now has the worst unemployment rate in the nation.
“Jay Weatherill’s high taxing government has failed to lay the foundations needed to create a diversified modern economy that can effectively compete in the global economy.
“As a consequence of Jay Weatherill’s woeful stewardship of the South Australian economy 8,123 fewer South Australians have a job than when he became Premier.
“Premier Weatherill has watched the mining sector shed 5000 jobs since he promised in November 2014 to deliver 5000 new jobs.
“He has not delivered one of the 6000 jobs promised as a result of the controversial sale of land at Gillman that has resulted in a finding of maladministration by the ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander.
“Premier Weatherill went to the last State election promising to build South Australia but is now closing the Repat, cutting 800 acute hospital beds and downgrading the QEH, Modbury and Noarlunga Emergency Departments.
“Premier Weatherill was forced to initiate yet another Royal Commission into child protection in South Australia after the shocking abuse of children in state care by Families SA employee Shannon McCool yet has failed to deliver the Children’s Commissioner first recommended in the Layton Report more than a decade ago.”