The Weatherill Labor Government’s expensive pensioner cuts campaign has been exposed as a political sham.
Last week, Premier Weatherill launched a $1.1 million advertising campaign claiming the Federal Government was responsible for a State Government plan to cut pensioner concessions.
Today it has been revealed that Senior Labor MP, Michael Atkinson, has claimed the $190 pensioner concession will remain despite the Weatherill Labor Government saying it would abolish the concession.
In response to a letter from a member of the public about this issue, Mr Atkinson states:
“I think the way the concession is legally structured, it is probably impossible for the State Government not to pick up the tab...I predict you’ll keep the rebate.”
“Following this revelation, Premier Weatherill must immediately cease his $1.1 million advertising campaign,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“It is clear from Mr Atkinson’s letter that the State Labor Government is not going to implement their pensioner concession cuts.
“Mr Weatherill is therefore wasting $1.1 million of taxpayers’ money on a politically motivated ad campaign, which could be spent on job creation and better public services instead.
“At a cost of $1.1 million to South Australian taxpayers, Premier Weatherill could have actually given 5,700 South Australian pensioners their $190 concession instead of paying for this ad campaign.
“The Weatherill Labor Government must also reveal why it has seemingly created unnecessary angst amongst the community, when it appears to have no intention of following through on its plan to cut pensioner concessions.
“South Australians would be rightly disgusted at the way that Labor has been playing politics with pensioners solely for political point-scoring purposes.
“Instead of trying to create fights and slinging mud at other politicians Mr Weatherill needs to start delivering results for South Australians.”