Supply Bill 2019
Tuesday 18 June, 2019
I rise to speak to the Supply Bill
2019. A government is entrusted to handle funds it requires from its taxpayers
with the utmost care. All funds spent by the government, should serve a
valuable purpose and provide a net benefit for the constituency.
A concept I have explained before
in this Chamber, whilst in opposition, is that revenue is often used as a term
in government as if the money belongs to the government. This is a falsehood.
Tax dollars are deducted from the incomes of hard-working citizens in exchange
for services. It should stand then that these services are necessary, and there
is no other way to return tax dollars to their rightful owners other than to
limit government spending. Whilst any minister would be reluctant to reduce
services, sometimes these things are necessary in order to govern responsibly,
and that is what we seek to do on this side of the Chamber.
It follows that after more than a
decade of the former Labor Government’s spending, the State Liberal Government
has had some important budgetary decisions to make. When making these
decisions, the Marshall Government will carefully ensure that revenue is being
appropriated in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. A
structural improvement to the budget, through a sustained reduction in
government spending, is the only way to truly achieve surplus or, at the very
least, a balanced budget. As I have said repeatedly in this place, once
government spending is under control, taxes can be abolished or reduced to a
minimum in order to see quality services well-funded. In the face of such
decisions the government has remained committed to investment in essential
services such as health, education and infrastructure and a return of tax
payer’s dollars through the provision of essential services which benefit the
community and State as a whole.
The coming years will see the biggest investment into
education by any State Government in South Australia’s history with over $1
billion worth of capital works across the State, including three new schools
and additional investment in education spending.
The State Liberal Government has announced investment of more
than $185 million into capital projects to meet the capacity needs of
government schools and to facilitate the transition of Year 7 into high school.
A range of government schools across metropolitan and regional South Australia
will also receive major upgrades to their infrastructure. I think it is
particularly important that these regional schools, such as Port Augusta Secondary
College, Nuriootpa High School, Eastern Fleurieu R-12, Mount Compass Area
School, Kupunda High School and more, are set to receive funding.
In addition, a new $100 million state-of-the-art secondary
school will be built in Whyalla to accommodate 1500 students in Years 7 to 12.
Whyalla’s 3 existing high school campuses, which are Edward John Eyre High,
Whyalla High and Stuart High, will be amalgamated into the new school.
Like our investment in education,
another way the Marshall Government is seeking to improve South Australia is
through a continued investment in infrastructure to bust congestion. Congestion
affects roads throughout the State and as a government we have sought to
improve traffic movement for South Australians. Over $200 million has already
been announced and committed to intersection upgrades along Cross Roads,
Goodwood Road and Portrush. This State Budget will further build on this strong
commitment by continuing our massive infrastructure investment that aims to
keep the traffic flowing. The Marshall Government will deliver $51 million in
the 2019-20 State Budget to combat the congestion on Main North and Grand
This investment allows for three
The intersection of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace;
intersection of Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads; and
intersection of Grand Junction, Hampstead and Briens Roads.
Improving congestion on key roads will reduce
travel times for a great number of South Australians and improve overall road safety
in those areas. These road and traffic improvements will be a positive outcome
for South Australia.
The Marshall Government took to the
election the promise to slash ESL bills for South Australians. As a Government
we have continued to deliver on our commitment to slash ESL bills in this
budget. In a stark contrast to the massive hikes endured under Labor, we are
delivering the promised $360 million in ESL savings over the forward estimates.
Such savings will put back $90 million a year into the pockets of families. The
average household is set to save more that 50 percent or $163 in 2019-20
compared to the policy under the Labor Government. These families work hard,
contribute to our wonderful state and will deservingly realise the savings we
committed to deliver to them.
Governments of the day are tasked
with the responsibility of using taxpayer funds in a wise and appropriate
manner. The State Liberal Government is, in my view, committed to sensible
spending across all departments, while still being able to provide valuable
services for all South Australians.