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Job creation policies must be at the forefront of today’s Budget

Today’s State Budget is the most critical the Weatherill Labor Government has handed down in its 13 year history.

Last week South Australia recorded an unemployment rate of 7.6 per cent – the highest in the nation – and was the only state to record an increase.

Coupled with this sky-rocketing unemployment rate was the news that the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine would close.

“Today’s Budget is critical for South Australia given that we are in the midst of a jobs crisis,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

The Weatherill Labor Government must address a number of issues facing the South Australian economy by ensuring that today’s Budget:

  • provides desperately needed tax relief for businesses and policies that encourage job creation and investment;
  • includes no new taxes or no tax increases – any new taxes or tax increases will simply further erode business confidence in South Australia;
  • includes adequate support to unlock the full potential of South Australian exporters;
  • commits to funding infrastructure projects that were listed as short-term priorities in the 2013 Transport Plan; and,
  • supports our State’s regions.

“Only strong leadership will transform our state into a state where people have the confidence to invest and create new jobs,” said Mr Marshall.

“It’s time Premier Weatherill realises that in order to create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.”