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Check back here through the day for election announcements and campaign action as it happens.

2.35pm Liberals called on to match housing grant

The Property Council wants Liberal Leader Steven Marshall to match or better Labor’s grant assisting South Australians over 60 to downsize their homes.

Labor has promised a state-wide $8,500 grant for people aged over 60 looking to downsize their home. It will be available for new builds up to the value of $400,000.

“The Property Council and its members are strongly supportive of initiatives that remove disincentives to downsizing and rightsizing,” Property Council (SA Division) Executive Director Richard Angove said.

“The Liberal Opposition could remove further barriers to growth by committing to providing stamp duty relief to home owners aged over 55 when purchasing new builds as proposed by the Property Council in its pre-election platform, Igniting Our Economy.”

12.30pm If you cared you’d repeal the mining task

The Liberals have responded to the announcement a resources precinct for Tonsley Park by calling for the repeal of the Minerals Resources Rent Tax.

Liberal spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith says the precinct “won’t repair the damage being inflicted on South Australia’s resources sector by the Minerals Resources Rent Tax and carbon tax”.

“The State Liberals are demanding State Labor join the call for the repeal of Federal Labor’s Minerals Resources Rent Tax and the carbon tax to restore confidence in South Australia’s mining sector.”

11.40 Resources “precinct” for Tonsley

Labor is promising a “world class resources precinct” at Tonsley Park which will house a relocated state Drill Core Reference Library.

Premier Jay Weatherill said a $32.2 million new core library would be built there, and the site would also host an Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence.

He also announced a range of other mining policy measures including investing more money in the PACE (Plan for Accelerated Exploration) scheme, and $4 million to build an air strip at Innamincka to service oil and gas exploration.

The announcement was preceded by the leak of a cabinet document about the drill core library plan (see campaign diary for details).

11.15am Leaked doc precedes announcement

Premier Jay Weatherill and mining minister Tom Koutsantonis are making a mining announcement about a resources hub to be established at Tonsley. Details shortly.

However, just ahead of the announcement, the Opposition released another leaked Cabinet document – this time a warning from Treasury about the budget impact of a proposed new drill core library to be based at Tonsley.

Weatherill’s announcement is at the drill core library at Glenside. Gulp.

10.05am Livestock producers’ election wishlist

Livestock SA has released a list of its 10 priority issues that should be addressed by the next State Government.

Number 1 on the list is drought support for South Australian pastoralists. Other priorities include reducing water costs, more support from Government agencies, developing SA’s live export trade, and more efficient transport.

9.15am The early morning announcements

It’s been a quiet day so far, apart from a small collection of early morning announcements.

These announcements are a feature of campaigning – indeed they’re a tool of political media management at any time.

The parties send out media releases early in the day – sometimes after they’ve been “dropped” to the newspaper – in the hope of dominating the morning’s radio news.

There’s a small collection of them this morning.

The Liberals have pledged $900,000 over two years to a not-for-profit, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, to establish an intensive rehab program in Adelaide for paraplegics and quadraplegics. Called “Walk On” the program is available in every mainland state except SA.

Labor is promising $3.35 million towards 200 GPS tracking units to monitor the movements of the “worst offenders” once they’re relesed from prison. Last year there was a successful trial of the technology – which can trigger an alarm when an offender enters an “exclusion zone”, such as a school or a victim’s home.

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