The Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to deliver a new major infrastructure project in its so-called jobs budget will hurt the South Australian economy.
Last month, South Australia recorded the highest unemployment rate in the nation and was the only state to record an increase in unemployment.
“Under Labor the South Australian economy is stalling and would have benefited enormously from a new major project,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The decision to put a freeze on government infrastructure spending will hurt the construction sector and do little to encourage investment in South Australia.
“South Australia is in the midst of a jobs crisis and needs action now, not in a few years.
“Yesterday’s State Budget should have included a major new infrastructure project especially give the massive cash injections from the MAC sale and Federal Government.
“The simple fact is the Weatherill Government is not even spending the money that they promised to last year – there was a $125 million capital underspend in the DPTI budget!
“It’s just embarrassing that Treasurer Koutsantonis announced the capital investment budget would be $1.3 billion per annum, when the past five year average has been $1.9 billion per year.
“Our construction sector needs government support right now and the least the Weatherill Labor Government could do is keep its existing promises.
“None of the major infrastructure projects that were listed as short-term priorities in the 2013 Transport Plan were funded in this week’s State Budget.
“How committed is the Weatherill Labor Government to delivering these projects?”