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.

The Problem

Currently more than half of the State Labor Government’s Cabinet ministers have multiple agencies reporting to them.

This means departmental chief executives are accountable to as many as five ministers, an arrangement that allows the government to shift or ignore responsibility.

Accountability for the chief executive’s performance can be compromised and lines of responsibility have become confused.

What happened at Oakden with the neglect and abuse of elderly people with dementia is a prime example of the results of Labor’s chaotic and dysfunctional management.

Businesses have also complained that the current arrangement of ministers and departments increases government inefficiency and leads to confusion in a cluttered bureaucracy.

The State Government can’t possibly support our economy as much as it should when its own administration is not run efficiently.

This bureaucratic madness mirrors the masses of red tape the Weatherill Labor Government has wrapped around the SA economy.

The State Liberals' Plan

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.

The government would have 11 traditional portfolio areas including premier, treasury, education, health and transport.

As Premier, I will bring into my department Aboriginal Affairs to ensure we give the highest priority across government to effective and practical policies to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage.

To establish clearer lines of and to deliver the focused government our state so desperately needs, a Marshall Liberal Government will also have three specialist ministers who will manage the critical portfolios of Child Protection, Energy and Mining, and Trade and Investment.

Our state needs a government with a sharp focus on two overriding objectives – economic growth and efficient delivery of key services to families and businesses.

By running a government that is fully committed to clear priorities, we will achieve these objectives and put South Australia back on the road to sustainable economic growth and prosperity.