The Weatherill Labor Government has let down South Australia by failing to provide a comprehensive jobs creation package in yesterday’s underwhelming State Budget.
Under Premier Jay Weatherill’s leadership, South Australia is in the midst of a jobs crisis with unemployment the highest in the nation.
The economy has flat-lined; South Australians are paying more and getting less.
Labor has no plans for major new infrastructure projects either.
In fact, infrastructure spending has dropped, with Labor setting the capital investment budget at $1.3 billion per annum, down from a budgeted average of $1.9 billion per year over the past five years.
“This Budget is an overwhelming failure given South Australia’s current jobs crisis,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“This Budget does not go far enough in supporting businesses to turn our economy around.
“There is no comprehensive, state-wide job creation strategy in this Budget.
“There are minimal incentives encouraging business investment and no red-tape reduction.
“Mr Weatherill’s “jobs” budget actually promises to create fewer jobs than what was forecast in last year’s Budget.
“In fact, the Government’s prediction of one per cent jobs growth is the lowest of all mainland states.
“Figures released yesterday by the ABS revealed more than 5,000 mining jobs have disappeared from SA since the Weatherill Labor Government promised to create 5,000 new mining jobs.
“The most critical Budget that Labor has delivered in its 13 year history is a complete and utter failure.”