Transparency for Major Contracts

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure that Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects undergo proper parliamentary scrutiny.

The Problem

The Weatherill Government’s mismanagement of major projects has cost taxpayers dearly.

The prime example is the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

It has cost taxpayers $600 million more than the Government said it would.

The hospital’s opening has been long delayed and disputes between the government and major investors and contractors involved in the project have badly affected South Australia’s reputation as a good place in which to do business.

The hospital project has been undertaken as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

When managed well, PPPs offer the opportunity to achieve better value for money in the development of infrastructure through the public and private sectors working together and sharing resources on major projects.

But that doesn’t mean such arrangements should be undertaken without parliamentary scrutiny.

The Weatherill Government did not require Parliament’s Public Works Committee to examine the PPP for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and look at what has happened.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure that PPP projects undergo proper parliamentary scrutiny.

The State Government has a responsibility to the people of South Australia to ensure that it is open and accountable in its dealings and that means PPPs should be examined by parliament.

To do this, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure PPPs are referred to a Parliamentary Committee for evaluation.

While the private sector is involved in PPPs, ultimately taxpayers’ money is on the line and there has to be some parliamentary oversight.

That is what accountability, transparency and good governance mean, and a Liberal Government will apply these standards.

Parliamentary scrutiny won’t delay projects and it will protect the right of taxpayers to know that their money is being managed properly.