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Election Live: Fast cars, rates and debates


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Check back here throughout the day for live updates from the campaign.

10.13am Labor promises money for motorsport park

Labor has committed $7.5 million to establish a privately-built and operate motorsport park at Tailem Bend.

Labor says the facility would be capable of hosting a second V8 supercar race for South Australia.

Premier Jay Weatherill says the motorsport facility would also include a hotel, caravan park, camping facilities, an airstrip, pilot training school and convention building.

He said a report by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, commissioned by the State government, identified Tailem Bend as the ideal location for a facility, which would be constructed and operated the Peregrine Corporation.

Last week Liberal leader Stephen Marshall said he also wanted to attract a second race to be based at Tailem Bend.

8.58am Disability debate

Jay Weatherill and Steven Marshall will debate disability issues at a Town Hall forum at midday today.

Dignity for Disability leader Kelly Vincent will also announce her party’s disability policy at the event.

8.50 Fast cars

Premier Jay Weatherill will make a motorsport announcement this morning – we’ll update as soon as we have details. It follows Liberal leader Steven Marshall’s promise to investigate a second V8 supercar race on a dedicated track in SA.

7.30am Liberals pick fights with councils

Liberal leader Steven Marshall has opened up a fight with local government after announcing a plan to impose a cap on council rate rises.

Marshall “dropped” his idea to The Advertiser, and has been following through on morning radio today.

The idea is to give the independent regulator, ESCOSA, the power to set the rate rises councils are allowed to apply, based on “a local government cost index”.

Marshall has pointed to NSW, where a cap is in place and where average rate rises have been lower than in SA from 2002/03 to 2011/12.

Labor’s John Rau says the plan is an “embarrassment” for the eight Liberal candidates who are also “senior council members”.

“It is strange that, on one hand, they want to hand back powers to local government on planning decision and strip them of their financial independent on the other,” he said.

The Local Government Association, unsurprisingly, also isn’t happy with Marshall’s plan.

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