Time is running out for the Weatherill Labor Government to put all of the facts on the table by providing independent modelling on the economic benefits for changing South Australia’s time zone.
With the public consultation phase ending today, Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone said the Labor Government must commission independent modelling to inform the public in the next phase of the consultation process.
“Any decisions made about the state’s time zone must include an understanding of its impact on employment and economic activity,” Mr Whetstone said.
“We’ve heard from vocal members of the public but this is an issue that effects every South Australian.
“What is missing from having a balanced debate to date is evidence that demonstrates that changing South Australia’s time zone will have economic benefits to the state.”
Mr Whetstone said Minister Hamilton-Smith must also disclose the process of how the Weatherill Labor Government will come to a decision on the time zone debate.
“We’ve seen in the past public consultations that have taken place but seemingly have little impact on the final decision,” Mr Whetstone said.
“Many people fear that the Minister has a pre-determined view on changing the time zone so he’ll need to explain just how the 2400 public submissions have influenced the eventual decision.”