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Tackling South Australia’s economic crisis

The State Liberals’ frontbench has been reshaped to better position the party to tackle the deep seated economic problems that are driving jobs, families and investment out of South Australia.

Included in the changes is the promotion of four members elected in 2014.

“The changes in portfolio responsibilities will deliver a Shadow Ministry with a sharper focus on combating South Australia’s unemployment crisis through substantive economic policy development,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Deputy State Leader Vickie Chapman will now have responsibility in the critical portfolio of State Development to go with her roles as Shadow Attorney-General and Justice Minister.

“Vickie will take charge of ensuring that our economic policies will work together to combat South Australia’s devastating unemployment rate and the economic hardship that produces for so many families.

“David Pisoni takes on the roles of Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Road Safety in the new Shadow Ministry. South Australians have lost confidence in a transport network that is slow, unreliable and in need of much stronger ministerial leadership.

“John Gardner will take charge of Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Affairs and the Arts. John is a natural fit for Education and his expertise in policy development will now be directed to reversing the sustained slide in education standards in South Australia.

“Dan van Holst Pellekaan now has responsibility for Police, Correctional Services and Regional Development in the reshuffle. Dan has a strong record with law and order issues and the Weatherill Government’s ongoing failures in respect of Regional Development is a particular concern of his.

“Corey Wingard will now have responsibility for Employment, Small Business, Manufacturing, Automotive Transformation and a new Cost of Living portfolio. The high cost of living in South Australia is crippling family budgets and it’s time there was a strong political voice protecting their interests.

“The new generation of Liberal MPs will assume significant roles in the Parliamentary Liberal Party.

“Stephan Knoll will be Parliamentary Secretary for Waste and Deregulation and Parliamentary Secretary for Information Technology Use in Government, Vincent Tarzia is now Parliamentary Secretary for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Start Ups, Troy Bell is Chair of the Regional Affairs Committee and David Speirs is Shadow Cabinet Secretary.

“I’m confident these changes will result in even greater scrutiny on the failings of the floundering Weatherill Government.”