Check back here through the day for updates from the election campaign.
4.10pm No hope in Adelaide for Labor, says Tiser Poll
Tiser’s Galaxy Poll just dropped and it’s not good news for Labor, with the seat of Adelaide – which Labor actually hoped to win – holding steady for the incumbent Liberal candidate.
On the poll – 587 voters on Tuesday night – the Liberals will hold their seat 54-46.
12.20pm Money for major event marketing
Liberal leader Steven Marshall says a Liberal Government would establish an annual $4 million events bid fund to attract new major events to South Australia.
“South Australian Major Events will engage the collective expertise of the arts, tourism, sports and events industries to ensure we make South Australia the best events location in the country,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The State Liberals want to have a 12 month events calendar for South Australia – not just one month of Mad March.
“South Australian Major Events will have a board of industry experts with intimate knowledge of how to successfully market our outstanding cultural assets to the world.
“This important annual $4 million investment will capitalise on the expertise of the new South Australian Major Events board to develop a whole-of-industry, coordinated approach to our events calendar.”
He also announced that the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust would be given $100,000 per annum to raise the international profile of the OzAsia Festival and increase patronage.
11.24am D4D releases transport policy
Dignity for Disability just dropped their transport policy (they’re dropping one a day). Here are the key points:
– Demerit points for people in disability parking spaces without a permit. “When a person with a disability can’t find parking it doesn’t just mean they’re ten minutes late – it often means they have to entirely give up on where they are going,” said Ms Vincent. “The seriousness of this parking offence needs to be reflected in the punishment – people should accrue demerit points for parking in an accessible space without a permit.”
– Overhaul the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme. “The system that doles out access cab vouchers for people with disabilities is broken,” said Ms Vincent. “The maximum subsidised amount for an access cab ride has been $40 for the last five years, but in that time actual fare prices have increased more than 15 per cent. Obviously, the subsidy should increase with the price.
“Secondly, the system is awfully inflexible and only allows those using the vouchers for transport to work or study to nominate one pick-up point and one drop-off point. This doesn’t take into account the fact that many people work or study in multiple locations, or that they might stay the night with a friend or partner.
– Accessible public transport by 2018. “All public transport should be accessible – particularly in a state with an ageing population – but South Australia is failing on many fronts,” said Ms Vincent. “We have a plan to make all buses accessible for people with disabilities by 2018 – including ensuring all train and tram stops and stations are fully accessible and making sure audio announcements are clear and regular for people with vision impairment. Additionally, we also have ongoing concerns about rail safety. Finally, regional transport needs to be made wheelchair accessible and to be more frequent.”
11.19am Tiser to release a poll
Depending on the numbers, this could shape tomorrow’s media coverage:
Big and exclusive marginal seat poll coming on @thetiser at 4. #adelaide is the one seat Labor hopes to take off the Libs. Soon find out…
— Daniel Wills (@DanWillsTiser) March 5, 2014
11.17 Bob cries foul
Bob Such has released a media brief about “dirty tricks” – which he blames on the Libs
From the release:
“One of many of my constituents, Mr David S received a call last night from, or on behalf of Mr Duluk, stating that Bob Such is supporting or preferencing Labor.
“This is false, as can be seen on my registered how to vote card and on any of my election material.
“The Electoral Act is ineffective re false telephone canvassing and needs to be changed.
“The major parties have access to personal details and contacts re electors due to an exemption under the Privacy Act. This law also needs to change.”
10.49am Labor’s big announcement for the day – extra nursing practicioners
From the press release:
Labor will train an extra 100 nurse practitioners to ensure we have more highly-skilled and highly-qualified nurses in our health system.
Premier Jay Weatherill said a re-elected Labor Government would fund the extra training needed to nearly double the number of nurse practitioners that will be working for SA Health.
“Nurse practitioners are qualified clinicians who can provide an extra level of care in and out of hospitals,” Mr Weatherill said.
10.14am One for the diary
12 March – Adelaide – Adelaide city election forum – hosted by CEDA
Three days before the state election, speakers including SA Deputy Premier, John Rau, SA Shadow Minister for Economic Development Martin Hamilton-Smith and Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood will share their vision for Adelaide.
9.45am LGA holds crisis meeting on Marshall policy
Planning spokesperson Vickie Chapman won plenty of friends at local government with her planning policy announcements. It would appear her leader has lost many of those recently-won allies.
From the LGA’s release today:
“SA’s Local Government Association will hold a special board meeting on Thursday 6 March to respond to proposals by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall to limit Council rates growth.
Acting LGA President Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said the proposal was contrary to LGA Policy reaffirmed in October, 2013:
6.4.3: State Governments must not interfere with the autonomy of Local Government by imposing limits on rating.
“I am concerned that Mr Marshall’s proposals will hurt communities and lead to significant infrastructure problems, as seen in NSW, passed on to our children,” Mayor Rosenberg said.
“Rates are a tax, not a fee or a charge, and it’s fundamental to Council financial sustainability that communities pay their way and not dump problems on the next generation.”
9.38am Polling unpicked in detail
The Oz’s Sarah Martin reveals another set of numbers from the paper’s Newspoll which this time focus on individual issues within the electorate.
- Weatherill has a strong lead on Marshall on “cares for people” and “likeable”, but every other personal perception metric is nearly level
- Marshall is favoured as better capable of managing the economy 45:38
- The most important issues for voters are: Health, the economy, education, cost of living… daylight… and then law and order and public transport
- Only 26 per cent of voters rated the closure of Holden as important to the way they will cast their vote. Who does that favour?
9.11am Planning back in the news
A 1800-home development in Mt Barker was announced today – expect that to reignite old tensions and complaints about the way the Mt Barker expansion was handled by the Labor administration. It might also raise concerns about the sticky issue of urban sprawl. Let’s see how the day unfolds.
8.05am Weatherill the winner
Perhaps the most important metric for last night’s debate – broadcast on Sky News – was the result in the paper this morning, with the Advertiser’s pundits calling it a clean win for a fired-up Weatherill.
The Tiser writes:
“Weatherill continued the aggressive new tone he adopted in recent days and at several stages the two leaders heatedly traded barbs.
“Weatherill went into last night’s key election debate desperately needing something that would shift the political momentum. Although he has been widely awarded the contest, he failed to land a knockout blow or draw a fata gaffe from his rival”.
InDaily’s veteran political journalist Kevin Naughton’s views on gaffes from yesterday are worth reading – he doesn’t much care for the way the media highlights them – but I do always wonder about the media’s focus on the need for a knockout blow at these debates. Has the debate been a failure if one isn’t landed? Perhaps, but at least at the last ABC debate both leaders deserved applause for using the night to clearly set out for voters the differences between their policy platforms.
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