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Budget backflip on Service SA fee hike

The Marshall Government has backed down on a budget savings measure to “implement cost recovery for merchant fees” that would have seen South Australians slugged hidden charges at Service SA centres across the state.


Portrait of a faceless man

SPECIAL REPORT | He runs one of SA Labor’s ruling factions and orchestrated the rise of the state’s last premier, but mention David Gray’s name and most South Australians would assume you’re talking about an English troubadour or retired TV comedian. So is Labor’s most reclusive powerbroker a ‘faceless man’? “That’s not for me to say,” he tells Tom Richardson.

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South Australia’s first Liberal Premier in a generation ended 2018 on a high – after a deliberately low-key approach to his first year in office. But, writes Tom Richardson, the lessons of past failures should ensure that the era of “underpromising” is set to end.

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Richardson: Will Marshall still be The Man in 2019?

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Then-Treasurer Scott Morrison brandishing a lump of coal in Question Time the day after a major SA power outage in February 2017, flanked by then-PM Malcolm Turnbull, then-Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and SA powerbroker Christopher Pyne. Photo: Mick Tsikas / AAP

Turnbull "sought to politicise a state emergency" - and it killed his career, says Weatherill

Former Premier Jay Weatherill has traced “the story of Malcolm Turnbull’s demise” to his political intervention into South Australian politics after the 2016 statewide blackout, arguing the foray needlessly wedged the former Prime Minister “between the Labor states and his right-wing party-room” on energy policy.