Media Releases

Scalping rife ahead of cricket final

Tickets to tomorrow night’s sold out Big Bash semi-final at Adelaide Oval have been on-sold for more than five times the original value as opportunists take advantage of the Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to crack down on scalpers.

Less than two hours after tickets to the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder semi-final went on sale to the general public, scalpers were selling multiple adult general admission tickets for more than five times the original price.

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Liberals call for more water to be re-used from Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to increase the amount of re-use flow from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

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Labor pulls the plug on water inquiry

The Weatherill Government has today used its Parliamentary numbers to block legislation to establish an independent inquiry into water prices.
“The refusal of the Weatherill Labor Government to submit water prices in South Australia to independent scrutiny confirms Labor levies a hidden tax on water,” said Acting Shadow Minister for Water Tim Whetstone.

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South Australians paying more for using less water

The latest Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australian households are paying the highest price for water in the nation despite falling water consumption.
Yesterday’s ABS figures revealed South Australian households paid $4.29 per kilolitre (kL) for urban distributed water in 2013-14, the highest in the nation and significantly above the Australian average of $3.08 per kL.

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SA’s trade representation top of trip agenda
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall and Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone will join Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb at Indonesia-Australia Business Week in Jakarta today before travelling to Thailand and Malaysia meeting with government and industry stakeholders.
“A permanent South Australian presence on the ground in South East Asia and opportunities for businesses to access new export markets will be at the top of the agenda during this trip,” said Mr Tim Whetstone.
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SA’s top exporters acknowledged at awards

The diversity and innovation amongst South Australia’s exporters was recognised at the Business SA 2015 Export Awards at the National Wine Centre today.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone said the nine award winners demonstrate the export success stories present in South Australia.

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TPP potential for SA as export growth weak

South Australia must be better positioned to take advantage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement signed last night to arrest the State’s falling merchandise exports.

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a 6.4 per cent drop in the value of merchandise exports over the past 12 months.

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Don’t be a pest this long weekend by risking export markets

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone is calling on visitors to the Riverland over the October long weekend to leave fruit fly host material at home and not risk crucial export market access.

South Australia is the only mainland state that is fruit fly free and this status in the Riverland is a crucial market advantage across the world.

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Back to the future on trade

The State Liberals have described the Weatherill Government’s latest foray into South East Asia as a re-run of previous broken promises on trade.

Following the Hartley Review in 2012, the State Labor Government closed nine of South Australia’s overseas trade offices, including in Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, to save more than $2 million.

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Trade Minister wants to ‘steer away from consultants’ – appoints another consultant

The Weatherill Labor Government has hired yet another consultant despite the Minister for Trade declaring his approach “to steer away from consultants”.

Minister Hamilton-Smith yesterday announced that former Labor Minister Karlene Maywald had been appointed as a ‘Strategic Adviser – Water Opportunities’ – a $70,000 a year external consultancy role which follows her appointment as the Sampson Flat bushfire recovery coordinator this year.

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