The announced closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine is a sad day for South Australia.
Coupled with the announcement that unemployment has skyrocketed to 7.6 per cent, it is further evidence that we are in the midst of an escalating jobs crisis.
“It is time for the State Government to shift their focus from blaming the Federal Government for South Australia’s woes and start working on a plan to transform our economy and deliver jobs,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Last month, 8,700 full-time jobs were lost – that’s 280 people losing their jobs every day.
“The loss of 8,700 full-time jobs in May is the equivalent of four Holden plants closing.
“South Australia needs to be transformed into a State where people invest and new jobs are created.
“We need strong leadership, which starts with taking responsibility for the task at hand.
“The upcoming State Budget has become even more critical – the Weatherill Labor Government must offer tax relief to businesses to encourage job creation and adopt a more strategic approach to infrastructure delivery.
“South Australia was the only state to record an increase in unemployment last month and continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
“This trend cannot continue.
“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.”