The Marshall Government has finally filled the last of its major vacant departmental leadership roles, with former Great Southern Rail boss Tony Braxton-Smith to take the reins at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Former Liberal leader Alexander Downer appears to have doubled down on his criticism of voters at the Mayo by-election, penning a column in which he blames the Australian public for 10 years of political turmoil.
Treasurer Rob Lucas has thrown Labor a curveball on day one of budget estimates hearings, revealing an independent audit of the state’s largest health network predicts a budget blowout of more than $300 million in the current financial year – but he is refusing to release the report.
Parliamentary Speaker Vincent Tarzia says he is “quite willing to have a cordial relationship with the media” but has defended his move yesterday to evict camera crews from Question Time.
The National Party is pushing to make major inroads into South Australia as it seeks to run candidates in the state’s four regional seats for the first time this century – including targeting a pair of Liberal-held seats.
The laws governing Australian football and the SANFL’s own regulations could be set for an overhaul after a tribunal hearing into Sunday’s contentious preliminary final determined it was unable to impose the most “superficially appropriate penalty”.