South Australia needs a focused state government to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.
Our state needs a government with a sharp focus on two overriding objectives – economic growth and efficient delivery of key services to families and businesses.
Last year I released 2036 and outlined the State Liberal plan for our state. 2036 foreshadowed the priorities of a Liberal Government.
Today I am announcing the structure and composition of the government I want to lead.
A Liberal Government will be geared to meet the greatest single challenge South Australia faces – to reverse the decline in our economy and re-build belief and confidence in our state.
We will end the dysfunctional system that Labor has operated where departmental chief executives report to as many as seven ministers.
By running a government that is fully committed to clear priorities, we will put South Australia back on the road to sustainable economic growth and prosperity.
The Shadow Cabinet I will lead until the election will mirror the structure of a Liberal Government as we continue during 2017 to announce the plans, policies and programs we want to implement after the March 2018 election.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of two new Members to the Shadow Cabinet.
David Speirs will be our new Shadow Minister for the Environment and Stephan Knoll will be the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services. I am looking forward to the enthusiasm and new ideas that David and Stephan will bring to the Shadow Cabinet.
David and Stephan will replace Duncan McFetridge and Steven Griffiths. I would like to thank Duncan and Steven for their work as part of the Shadow Cabinet and am sure they will continue to make high quality contributions to the Liberal Team and their electorates.
To establish clearer lines of responsibility and to deliver the focused government our state so desperately needs, changes have been made to the portfolios held by existing Shadow Cabinet Members.
Our new line-up will feature three specialist ministers who will manage the critical portfolios of Child Protection, Energy and Mining, and Trade and Investment.
It has always been my intention to have a dedicated Minister for Child Protection.
The Nyland Royal Commission exposed the dangerous state of our child protection system and Rachel Sanderson will be one hundred per cent focused on that portfolio.
Ending the ongoing electricity crisis that is hurting South Australian households and businesses must be one of the key priorities for the South Australian Government. Dan van Holst Pellekaan will be responsible for the streamlined Energy and Mining portfolio.
Equally important to creating jobs and growing our economy is expanding export opportunities and increasing investment in our state. Tim Whetstone will lead the charge in this important area.
As Leader I will be taking personal responsibility for Defence Industries. There are billions of dollars of opportunities on the table in this sector and as Leader I will be ensuring South Australians receive the maximum benefit from major defence contracts.