Jay Weatherill has laid the groundwork for a bold re-election pitch, telling InDaily the looming state election will be “a referendum on renewable energy” - and arguing his Government’s “leadership” on battery storage has put the state “on the national and international map”.
First they blocked the bank tax, then they forced the Premier into a budget debate. And finally, they broke parliamentary convention to refuse Jay Weatherill a pair, denying him a golden media opportunity. Was this week a turning point for the perpetually-bullied Liberals, asks Tom Richardson.
The defection of Martin Hamilton-Smith continues to haunt the state Liberals, who are spending thousands of dollars from their precious election war-chest polling his electorate of Waite amid fears the party will need more than 50 per cent of the primary vote to hold the seat.
Labor has set its sights on toppling a rising star on Steven Marshall’s frontbench, while seeking to exploit the candidacy of disgruntled former Liberal Duncan McFetridge in Morphett, as the party today confirmed new candidates in four key seats it will target strongly in the lead-up to the March election.