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Jobs crisis needs an emergency response

The State Liberals will today propose an emergency response to the jobs crisis that has been delivered by the Weatherill Labor Government.

Last month South Australia’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 7.6 per cent, the highest in the nation.


To combat the worsening jobs crisis State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will today use his Budget Reply speech to detail an emergency response that is focused on growing the State’s economy and creating jobs.


Mr Marshall will urge the State Labor Government to:


-       Bring forward planned stamp duty relief to take effect this year;

-       Commit to reducing payroll tax;

-       Slash Emergency Services Levy bills by reversing the $90 million ESL hike announced in the 2014-15 State Budget;

-       Commit to building the Northern Connector road;

-       Finalise an investigation regarding the Strzelecki Track upgrade; and,

-       Create a state-based productivity commission.


“South Australia needs an emergency response to a dangerous jobs crisis,” said Mr Marshall.


“Today I will be proposing a range of measures aimed at stimulating our economy and creating jobs.


“South Australians need tax relief right now, not in a few years as outlined by Treasurer Koutsantonis.”


Mr Marshall said that in addition to tax relief, businesses required the support of productive infrastructure to immediately create jobs.


“South Australian businesses need the support of productive infrastructure to rapidly create jobs and keep up with the rest of Australia,” said Mr Marshall.


“The Northern Connector has long been touted as a job creating piece of infrastructure; it’s now time to stop talking about building the road and to start actually building it.”