South Australia’s new Liberal government has already made a number of “common sense decisions” to make the public service more efficient and responsive, Premier Steven Marshall says.
He says the government has “a huge amount to do”, is putting in place plans to honour the election commitments outlined in its 100-day plan and has already implemented some changes.
“Chief executive officers will now be reporting to a single minister,” he told the SA Press Club on Friday.
“We’re creating direct lines of responsibility to deliver better public services to the people of our state.
“To ensure small businesses are treated fairly by the government, we’ve issued instructions regarding the payment of government bills on time.”
Mr Marshall said the changes were designed to create a “more efficient and responsive public service”.
Reflecting on the result at the March state election, he said voters wanted a reformist government and not “more of the same”.
“Last week, there was a welcome drop in our unemployment rate in South Australia, but we’re not going to stop, we’re going to accelerate,” the premier said.
“Businesses are now looking forward to tax relief that the Liberal Party promised in the lead-up to the election.
“These tax cuts will allow businesses to grow and employ more South Australians.”
He also touched on population growth, and said slow growth was a “major economic problem” the new government had inherited.
“We’re going to be spending every day in government working to grow the South Australian economy, to grow our population, to grow jobs and to keep young people here in South Australia,” the premier said.
Mr Marshall’s speech on Friday was his first major set-piece address since the election, where the Liberals won a clear majority in parliament’s lower house, ending 16 years of Labor rule.
It also came less than a week before parliament returns for the first time since the poll, when the government will shed more light on its legislative agenda for the rest of 2018.
During the election campaign, Mr Marshall outlined a 100-day plan for his government and said recently it was on schedule to fulfil those promises.
But the government faces a tougher test when parliament resumes, with the Liberals needing to secure the support of at least three crossbench MPs in the upper house to pass any new measures. (via 9news.com.au)