Media Releases

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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It’s not cricket

A surge in the number of South Australians playing cricket has highlighted the need for increased State Government investment in the facilities of community cricket clubs.
 
Statistics from the Australian Cricket Census for 2014-15 reveal the number of people playing cricket in South Australia in the past three years has increased by almost 40,000 and that participation in the sport has exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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Reversing SA’s export slide critical to economy

An alarming $1 billion fall in the value of South Australia’s merchandise exports detailed in Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today is further evidence of the collapse of economic activity in South Australia.
 
The value of merchandise exports has plummeted by $1 billion or 8.2 per cent to $11.34 billion over the last 12 months in South Australia.

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Riverland forum to address devastating impact of ice in regional South Australia

The use of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ in regional South Australia is a growing issue posing an increasingly high risk to communities.
 
A forum organised by the Riverland Community Services Alliances titled ‘Knowing the Facts About ICE’ will be held tonight at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark with more than 600 people expected to attend.

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ABS figures show alarming decline in number of SA exporters

The number of South Australian exporters has declined since 2006/07 in an alarming sign that demonstrates State Labor’s failure to take advantage of the expanding international economy.
 
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released yesterday, show the number of South Australian exporters has dropped from 2,384 in 2006/07 to 2,284 in 2013/14.

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New marketing approach needed for SA wine exports

The Weatherill Labor Government must review its process to assist in promoting South Australian wine overseas to remain competitive and provide a much needed boost for the state’s wine exports.
 
The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee has today established an inquiry into the Australian wine industry to examine issues such as legislation and regulation, potential market failure, representation and levies, the power of large retailers and the wine equalisation tax rebate.

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Labor Government needs a scalp or two

The State Liberals are calling on the Labor Government to declare the Liverpool v Adelaide United soccer game at the Adelaide Oval on July 20 a major event and begin hunting down ticket scalpers on the game.

“The Labor Government needs to show it has zero tolerance to scalping by successfully prosecuting people re-selling tickets to the game at illegally inflated prices,” said Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone.

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Funding cuts add to declining sport participation in South Australia

The Weatherill Labor Government should reconsider its decision to reduce grant funding to grassroots sport, with ABS data released yesterday revealing South Australians’ participation in sport and physical recreation is the second lowest in the nation.

Just 60.9 per cent of South Australians participated in sport and physical recreation in 2013-14, down from 65.8 per cent in 2005-06.

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