SA loses share of expenditure by mining companies

Mineral and petroleum exploration expenditure in South Australia decreased by $18.2 million in the March quarter according to statistics released by the ABS. South Australia’s share of the national expenditure fell from 9.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 5.6 per cent in 2015-16. This drop in mineral and petroleum exploration expenditure equates to a reduction […]

Make your voice heard on Country Health

A Parliamentary Inquiry that will help determine the future delivery of health services in regional South Australia is now open for submissions from all members of the public. Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, is strongly encouraging individuals and organisations to make a submission. “In my capacity as a country and outback MP […]

Minister for Energy doesn’t understand energy market

In an embarrassing blunder today in Parliament Minister Koutsantonis Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy answered a question about electricity prices that have been paid by South Australian households by referring to contract prices paid by businesses in South Australia. And to make matters worse, he described actual future electricity contract prices simply as predictions, […]

Energy Regulator exposes electricity price shock

The State Liberals have released the latest data from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) showing South Australian base load electricity prices will be the most expensive in the National Electricity Market (NEM) during the next three years. “Electricity prices in South Australia are set to escalate sharply during the next three years whilst reducing in […]

Sports Voucher success in Stuart

More than 1,300 children in the electorate of Stuart have received a $50 voucher to participate in sport. Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, is pleased with the success of the Sports Vouchers program. “In 2015 the electorate of Stuart redeemed 1,319 vouchers totalling $64,930 across 61 locations,” he said. “I strongly encourage […]

Weatherill turns his back on Port Augusta

On the day the Port Augusta power station closes the State Liberals have slammed the Weatherill Government’s callous disregard for the workers and the wider community. “It is disgraceful that the Weatherill Government has failed to deliver an economic rescue package for the local community to counter the impact of losing 500 employees and contractors […]

Liberals welcome Oz Minerals announcement

The State Liberals have welcomed today’s announcement from Oz Minerals that it will begin work on its $975 million Carrapateena mine in the State’s far north almost immediately and construct a $150 million processing plant at Whyalla. The Whyalla processing plant would create 100 jobs in construction and 100 permanent jobs. Oz Minerals will also […]

Hauling the Upper Spencer Gulf out of trouble

Today is the final day of coal haulage from Leigh Creek to Port Augusta’s power stations yet the communities of the Upper Spencer Gulf are still waiting for the Weatherill Government to develop a comprehensive jobs plan for the region.   “The closure of Alinta’s operations will have a devastating impact on local communities yet […]

Future shock on electricity prices

The State Liberals have released data from the Australian Energy Regulator showing surging electricity prices in South Australia in the next two years.  “All South Australians will be being paying the price of the Weatherill Government’s failed energy policies with the most expensive power in the National Electricity Market (NEM),” said Shadow Minister for Mineral […]

Prisoners right to vote

The State Liberals will introduce legislation to remove the right of people sentenced for three or more years in prison to vote in South Australian elections until they have completed their sentence. “When a person commits a crime so serious that he or she is sentenced for three or more years, then one of the […]