Trade statistics released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) should have alarm bells ringing in the State Government as merchandise exports to key trading regions the United States, China, Middle East and ASEAN plummeted by a combined $1 billion.
As the State Government hosts a business mission to Indonesia and the Philippines, merchandise export values in the 12 months to February 2017 with ASEAN (which includes both countries) are down by more than $200 million.
As communities in the Riverland face significant challenges in the battle against illicit drugs, the Weatherill Government last week blocked legislation that would have allowed parents, police and child protection officers to apply to a court for mandatory treatment orders for a child addicted to illicit drugs.
The Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill would have led to the establishment of a vital facility for the treatment of young people struggling with drug addiction.
The State Liberals have introduced legislation to give lasting peace of mind to shack owners across South Australia and the Riverland.
If passed, the legislation will allow lessees of ‘life-lease’ shack sites to enter into permanent arrangements, fulfilling the State Liberal’s longstanding commitment to allowing South Australian shack owners to enjoy their properties for generations to come.
The Australian Football League has confirmed the Adelaide Crows will be granted a licence in the inaugural national women’s competition in a huge boost for female football in South Australia and an historic day for women’s sport.
Adelaide was one of thirteen AFL clubs which lodged bids for a licence in the eight team, 2017 women’s national competition which will start in February.
Today’s ABS data has revealed that South Australia has recorded its worst March merchandisable export values in six years, with the State’s overall trade to March 2016 dropping by $37 million compared to the previous 12 months.
South Australia’s slip down the national export ladder is further highlighted in the Federal Government’s ‘Trade by State and Territory’ report showing SA recorded the biggest decline in export volumes of any state or territory across Australia in 2014-15.
The State Liberals are deeply concerned that South Australian irrigators will start the 2016-17 water year on July 1 with just 36 per cent of their water allocation– the lowest opening allocation announcement since 2010-11.
Acting Shadow Minister for Water and River Murray Tim Whetstone said the minimum opening allocation for holders of irrigation entitlements was lower than expected and will impact heavily on communities all along the river.
The State Liberals have expressed their disappointment that the Weatherill Government has failed to include the northern suburbs in its consultation process regarding its highly controversial recreational fishing review.
“The public consultation process ends tonight with a meeting at Port Noarlunga but without a meeting in the northern suburbs,” said Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone.