SA regions let down in supposed ‘jobs’ budget

In an all too familiar story in South Australia, the Weatherill Labor Government has let down the regions in the 2017-18 State Budget.

Regional South Australia faces major challenges such as high unemployment and population loss, this supposed ‘jobs budget’ fails to deliver for families and businesses.

“Much of the state’s prosperity comes from regional South Australia and this State Budget does very little to assist businesses to address the economic issues our communities are facing,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“There are key transport freight routes across our regions and yet there’s no extra funding in this budget for regional roads despite a $1 billion road maintenance backlog in SA.

“There’s no additional funding for regional hospitals and no ESL relief – just continual rises in taxes.

“This Budget will have a huge impact on regional South Australian families and businesses in all the wrong ways.”

Mr Marshall said that in the midst of a jobs crisis, regional South Australians are paying more and getting less.

“The State Liberals are committed to cutting ESL bills and by returning $360 million to households and businesses to spend in the local economy, it will drive investment and jobs growth,” said Mr Marshall.