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11.37am Boat rego changes announced
Continuing the theme of the day and Premier Weatherill has taken to a windswept Henley Beach to announce changes to boat rego. From the press release:

A re-elected Labor Government will introduce a six-month boat registration option effectively halving the cost of registrationfor people who only use their boats in the summer months.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the six-month registration option will be available for vessels up to 7 metres in length, as well as jet skis.

Under Labor’s six-month boat registration option:
• Owners of vessels up to 6m will save up to $37.50 for new registrations
and up to $26 for renewals.
• Owners of vessels greater than 6m up to 7m will save $83 for new
registrations and $70.50 for renewals.
• Jet ski owners will save $154 for new registrations and $141 for
10.45am Baby Talk


10.39am But who’s counting?


10.35am Marshall making an announcement

We’re not yet sure what the leader of the opposition has planned this morning, but we’ll keep you updated when we’re… updated.

10.30am Page 19 guy

The Premier’s big-bang announcement yesterday was for a significant overhaul of the Flinders Medical Centre. The story was reported this morning in the Advertiser on page… 18. Is this a measure of the size of the announcement, the effect of an announce-at-midday media strategy, or the judgement of an editor that people really aren’t that interested in the state election?

The Libs were quick to match Weatherill’s FMC pledge this morning. Clever campaiging. Remember Rudd in 2007? The trick is to make sure all the points of difference between the parties are in your favour; if you’ve got a negative point of difference, make it a similarity. Bang; issue neutralized.

On that topic, 891 took calls this morning from several citizens who said they were so disillusioned with the political process and our leaders that they wouldn’t even be voting.

9.30am Weatherill goes fishin’

Today’s media from the Labor camp will centre on recreational fishing, with the Premier on the way to the beach for a press conference on some new funding.

From the press release:

More infrastructure at local fishing spots, opening reservoirs to recreational fishers and a new artificial reef are part of Labor’s package of measures to enhance the experience of recreational fishing.

Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a re-elected Labor Government would provide $3.25 million in funding for the new measures.

“We want to encourage more community use of our beautiful marine parks,” Mr Weatherill said.

“One in six South Australians will wet a line at least once this year,” the Premier says, which is fishie speak for goin’ fishin’. Jay is down with all the fishie speak.

It’s a tough area for Labor, which has endured a lot of community opposition to its marine park policy. As Fishers Party candidate Neil Armstrong told InDaily yesterday:

“I’m here to stick my finger up at the government, shake my fist and say you’re doing this wrong. And I’m not going to take it anymore.

“We have been done over by minority groups. The Greens have way too much influence over the Labor party – that’s how this legislation came into being.”

Here’s the scene, from journo Tom Richardson who’s made the trip out to Henley.


9am A slow day?

Friday’s always a tough day to get through on the political cycle. It’s the end of a big week, and everyone’s a bit tired – especially the voter, who is thinking even less than usual about the election. So the parties don’t get up to too much and hang onto any big announcements till the weekend papers. The thinking there is simple: the weekend papers are the biggest sellers by a mile. Observant readers will have noted nearly every Sunday Mail in recent times has had a Liberal party announcement – clever media management from the Libs.


8.35am In A Spin

This week’s Spin Cycle on 891 wrapped up the week that was with some of SA’s best political journalists, including InDaily columnist Tom Richardson.

You can read Richo’s column here.

Matt and Dave’s competition over at 5AA apparently had a couple of old political warhorses going head to head in the aged shapes of the retiring Pat Conlon and Alexander Downer.

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