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Labor not up to the job

The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government deliver meaningful household and business taxation relief in tomorrow’s State Budget to help tackle South Australia’s unemployment crisis.

“The Weatherill Government gets an F for Fail on job creation since last year’s State Budget,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Punishing prices for electricity, gas and water are strangling household budgets, killing economic investment and jobs growth in South Australia.

“South Australian household budget pressures will intensify in the wake of recent sharp increases to the price of electricity and gas and without cuts in State Government taxation will drive more people onto the dole.

“The State Liberals promised cut to the Weatherill Labor Government’s ESL tax will put $90 million a year back into the pockets of South Australians and remains the only genuine household budget relief on the table.”

Delivering last year’s State Budget Treasurer Koutsantonis claimed he was releasing a jobs budget:

In the current economic climate we need to do all we can as a government to address South Australia’s unacceptable unemployment rate. (Koutsantonis: 2016-17 Budget Speech)

“The fact the Weatherill Government’s best effort has resulted in South Australia having the worst trend unemployment in Australia in every month since last year’s budget proves they are not up to the job of turning South Australia around,” said Mr Marshall.

“Treasurer Koutsantonis was right to label South Australia’s unemployment rate unacceptable in last year’s State Budget, the problem is he doesn’t have any answers to the unemployment crisis gripping our state.

“When Treasurer Koutsantonis was bringing down the 2016 State Budget, South Australia had an unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent (trend) and 6.4 (seasonally adjusted) – now it is up to 7.1 (trend) and 6.9 (seasonally adjusted).

“The economically illiterate Weatherill Government continues to punish South Australian households and businesses for its failure to control its budget expenditure.”