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Labor’s savage service cuts

The Weatherill Labor Government has begun implementing a savage service cuts plan which was kept hidden from South Australians before the 2014 State Election.

Today, the Weatherill Labor Government has announced it will close the Holden Hill Magistrates Court and downgrade Mount Barker and Tanunda to circuit-only courts.


Police Commissioner Gary Burns also flagged the closure of eight satellite police stations at Malvern, Firle, Hallett Cove, Newton, North Adelaide, Blakeview, Pooraka and Tea Tree Gully.


Mr Burns told Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee today that these stations would likely close within the next two years once their lease ends.


The Weatherill Labor Government has also proposed closing the Repatriation General Hospital, St Margaret's Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and effectively strip the QEH, Noarlunga and Modbury Hospitals of their Emergency Departments in its Transforming Health plan.


“Before the 2014 State Election, the Weatherill Labor Government promised no frontline services would be cut,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall. 


“Now, South Australians find out that the Government is closing hospitals, courts and police stations.


“Is this just the start of Labor’s savage service cuts plan? What’s next? Will the Government start closing down schools?


“Today’s service cuts announcement is just another example of Labor saying one thing and doing another.

“Once again, the Weatherill Labor Government has demonstrated to South Australians that it can’t be trusted.”