The South Australian Liberal Party has spent nearly 15 years in the wilderness of SA Politics but hopes to reverse that trend at the 2018 election according to SA Opposition Leader Steven Marshall.
Following the Electoral Commission Review into SA electoral boundaries, it is widely expected that the ALP led by Premier Jay Weatherill will find it extremely difficult to hold on to power at the next election.
In preparation for the next election the Liberal Party has opened up all electorates for new nominations including seats where there are sitting members in what has been described as an attempt to attract new blood into the party which has struggled in opposition for relevancy and in holding the Labor Government to account.
As a result, three well known front bench members have decided to retire at the next election including the South East’s Mitch Williams, the Member for MacKillop, who is a nearly twenty year veteran in SA politics having being first elected to the then Liberal Government in 1997. Other rural seat casualties are the Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly (Fleurieu Peninsula Area) and the Member for Kaval (Adelaide Hills Area) Mark Goldsworthy also not re-contesting.
Former leader Isobel Redmond is undecided about her future. Other veterans expected to stand again are Murraylands farmer Adrian Pederick and former Deputy Leader, Yorke Peninsula’s Steven Griffith while the West Coast’s Peter Treloar, Riverland’s Tim Whetstone and Mid North’s Dan van Holst Pellekaan are all expected to win pre-selection and hold portfolios in a prospective future Government.
Key issues in the lead up to the 2018 Election are the Energy (power) Crises and the possibility of On Shore Gas Mining (fracking), Nuclear Waste Facilities and a Dormant Economy with the large State debt largely from the burgeoning costs of the unfinished new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Mr Marshall has promised a fresh approach with his Parties 2036 Plan.
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