Energy policy and programs budget cut

The State Liberals have labelled a decision to cut the budget for the State Government’s Energy Policy and Programs in the midst of South Australia’s electricity crisis as disgraceful. “It takes a special degree of incompetence to cut the unit that is established to ‘provide policy advice and coordination of energy market reforms, including national […]

Liberals move to address SA’s expensive

The State Liberals will introduce new legislation to protect South Australian consumers from further volatility in the electricity market which is driving up prices. The Liberals are drafting a Bill to amend the Development Act 1993 requiring all new wind farm development applications to include an independent electricity market impact assessment. Independent electricity market impact […]

SA’s shocking surge in electricity prices

The State Liberals are warning the massive increase in the spot price of electricity this financial year threatens to undermine the future economic viability of some energy intensive industries in South Australia. “South Australia’s average price of $351 per megawatt hour so far this financial year is stratospheric and is almost 400 per cent higher […]

Labor breaks police recruitment promise again

The Weatherill Labor Government has once again broken its promise to recruit 313 sworn  police officers. Last Thursday’s State Budget revealed that the Weatherill Labor Government promise to recruit additional officers has now been pushed back from 2018 to 2020. Labor’s original promise, made prior to the 2010 election, was for ‘300 more police on […]

Low income electricity customers need protection from price shock

The State Liberals are calling on the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to substantially increase the threshold amount a customer can owe an energy retailer before their gas or electricity can be disconnected because the size of customers’ bills is growing rapidly. “South Australian households are facing surging electricity prices that will result in ever greater […]

Labor tax increase hits household budgets

The Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to unnecessarily jack up the solid waste levy and slug South Australians another $64m in tax will hurt households.  “South Australians have already suffered increases to electricity prices and increases to the ESL,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.  “Now, South Australians are going to be filling the Weatherill Labor […]

ESCOSA electricity inquiry

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis’ announcement that he is referring the surge in electricity prices in South Australia to ESCOSA is a desperate attempt to deflect responsibility for the Weatherill Government’s failed energy policies. “We already know why electricity prices are surging in South Australia – the Weatherill Government’s foolish head long rush to wind […]

Smart State PC Donation Program – Round 40

Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, is pleased to announce the Smart State PC Donation Program – Round 40 opens Monday, 27 June 2016.   The program gives not-for-profit community organisations access to personal computer equipment from surplus government stocks.   The South Australian Government aims to reduce its ecological footprint as part of […]

3,000 offenders racked, stacked and packed

South Australia’s prison population has swollen to over 3,000 for the first time in the State’s history and the home detention system has been gamed by prisoners according to evidence given the Budget and Finance Committee by the Department of Correctional Services.  The latest prisoner population of more than 3000 is being squashed into an […]

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards now open

Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards open for applications on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The awards reward young South Australians aged 25 years and under who volunteer with up to $3000 towards their education. Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards are awarded in recognition of […]