It was one of the biggest days in SA’s recent political history – but for Tom Richardson, almost everything that could go awry, did. In his last column for 2018, he reflects on a day that he remembers for all the wrong reasons.
An inquiry into groundbreaking electoral reform and an “enduring, bipartisan commitment” to an independent Speaker were presented by Steven Marshall as commitments for a Liberal Government in 2014 negotiations with a key independent, newly discovered documents reveal.
A standoff over preferences at the March state election could prove decisive in several crucial seats, with Labor warning looming kingmaker Nick Xenophon it won’t be lending vital support to his fledgling SA Best party “for nothing”.
South Australians could face a referendum at the next election as the Weatherill Government doubles down on its opposition to electoral boundary review changes that it has already challenged – and lost – in the Supreme Court.