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Check back here through the day for updates from the election campaign.

3.30pm Julia Gillard joins the campaign

Well, kind of. The former Prime Minister joined Jay Weatherill at a lunch for the Labor faithful. Apparently she said that “good government doesn’t happen by accident”, and paid tribute to former Labor governments in SA, starting with the Dunstan government. We wonder what she said about the Bannon Government?

1.04pm High tech crime fighting

Some more details on that earlier post about “high tech policing” – Labor says it will trial facial recognition technology (such as that used during the Boston marathon bombing investigation), computer firearms training systems and virtual reality driver training systems.

The facial recognition technology can “extract” faces from CCTV images in real-time and instantly match them to a watchlist.

The firearms and driving systems allow Police to train “virtually” for high risk situations.

12.5opm Irrigation and apologies

Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has promised a $6 million expansion of an irrigation system near Two Wells. He says the investment will “kick-start” a $60 million project to generate up to 18 gigalitres of new irrigation water.

“At full capacity, this could create an additional $100 million in primary production and another $100 million for the broader economy each year for processing, transport and services.”

Marshall also apologised for an election ad the Liberals authorised for an independent candidate (see 8.25am entry below), but says the party didn’t produce the content. The ad will be withdrawn.

11.13am High-tech tools for the Police

Law and order is obviously a theme for Labor today.

Attorney-General John Rau is showing off some new technology for the Police, including “virtual reality driving simulators”. Details soon.

8.25am A new low?

SA Electoral Commissioner Kay Mousley has ordered the Liberal Party to withdraw a radio ad spoken by independent candidate for Lee, Melita Calone.

The ad contains a number of statements about the high-profile case of a child who was raped by a care worker at a western suburbs school when Jay Weatherill was Education Minister (about what Weatherill knew, whether he was informed of the incident and what decisions he made).

Mousley says the statements in the ad are contrary to the findings of the Debelle Royal Commission – which found Weatherill wasn’t made aware of the incident – and she has requested the Liberal Party withdraw the ad and publish retractions.

Weatherill said this morning that he would “absolutely” be suing for defamation over the ad which he said was a “new low” in campaigning. He’s called on Liberal leader Steven Marshall to apologise to the public.

Incidentally, both Marshall and Weatherill are at an event at the Hutt Street homeless centre this morning.

7.56am Who is the environment minister?

Three environmental organisations will tomorrow host an election forum, trying to bring out the two major parties’ environmental policies.

Liberal environment spokeswoman Michelle Lensink will face off against the Premier Jay Weatherill (Environment Minister Ian Hunter has been very low profile).

The forum will run from 1-2pm at the Science Exchange. It’s being hosted by the Conservation Council SA, The Wilderness Society and Nature Conservation Society SA.

7.30am Marshall and Kouts fight about… something

Liberal leader Steven Marshall has been questioned by Labor about why he didn’t reveal his previous interest in the fast food franchise Wok in a Box. Labor’s Tom Koutsantonis told ABC radio that the question in the public interest. Marshall says he’s had interests in lots of businesses.

This Tweet no doubt reveals the views of many members of the public: “So-What-in-a-Box; can we get back to actual policies please?”

Meanwhile, Koutsantonis insists on ABC radio that Labor isn’t “robocalling” electors criticising independent Nick Xenophon. But is that right? Errr, no.

 7am Advertiser gift du jour

Labor’s daily gift to The Advertiser today is a story about getting tough on violent offenders.

It goes like this – Labor’s spinners give the story to the Tiser, then they release the information to the rest of the media in the early hours of the morning, hoping to dominate the radio news bulletins.

Premier Jay Weatherill is promising that serious violent offenders will face mandatory imprisonment. The laws will take away the option for a court to fully suspend a sentence of two years or more for a serious violent offence.

 

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