The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to adopt some of its jobs policies from the 2014 State Election in order to kick-start the South Australian economy.
At the 2014 State Election the State Liberals had a $250 million employment plan to create new jobs in South Australia.
These policies included providing payroll tax relief to businesses, investing $6 million in capital works to support an expanded irrigation system near Two Wells and providing $2 million to Education Adelaide to grow our international student market.
“Yesterday’s announced closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine coupled with news that unemployment has skyrocketed to 7.6 per cent, is further evidence that we are in the midst of an escalating jobs crisis,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“In next week’s State Budget, the Weatherill Labor Government has the opportunity to put forward a plan to transform our economy and deliver jobs.
“Providing tax relief for South Australian businesses, investing in industries in the northern suburbs and boosting our international student numbers are all important policies that the Weatherill Labor Government can implement in next week’s Budget.
“South Australia needs strong leadership, which starts with taking responsibility for the task at hand.
“We were the only state to record an increase in unemployment last month and continue to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
“South Australia needs to be transformed into a state where people have confidence to invest and create new jobs.
“If changes are not made, Alinta Energy will not be the last major businesses to shut its doors and add to South Australia’s ever-increasing unemployment line.”