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Key independent MP Geoff Brock says he will consider any legislation offered to the Lower House on its merits when parliament begins sitting next week – including any Liberal Party bills.

“I have to consider all legislation and I’ve had meetings with (Liberal frontbenchers) Steve Griffiths and David Ridgway about that,” Brock said today.

“I’ve made it very clear that I will be working collaboratively and inclusively with all the state members.”

Brock, whose support allowed Jay Weatherill form government after the knife-edge election result, said the next parliament would be characterised by positivity and collaboration.

“I’m expecting a very positive parliament going forward,” he said.

“It’s about working together, and the previous parliament has worked together, and I would expect the new parliament to work very, very closely.

“I’m looking at working with all players, everybody in the parliament, to ensure that we get the best opportunities for South Australia.”

Brock, the Minister for Local Government Relations and Regional Development, told 200 delegates at the Local Government Association’s “Better Together 2014 Showcase” at the Festival Centre that regional communities wanted genuine consultation with government, but he confused the audience a little in the way he expressed it.

“I’m about consultation out there,” he said.

However, he also said: “Communities are sick of consultation out there. What they want to do is get consultation, action, request recommendations and get back to them.”

“I want to be able to see less consultation out there.

“It’s more cost to people to drop their employment, their work, to be able to come to another consultation, another meeting.”

He also told the meeting the $39 million agreement he negotiated with the state government would help drive economic growth in the regions.

The agreement increased includes a $13.4 million boost to the Regional Development Fund.

The new Parliament will be opened by the Governor next Tuesday, with the traditional speech outlining the government’s priorities for the next four years.

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