Opposition Leader Steven Marshall is hoping South ns will vote in a majority government.South n politicians have begun campaigning in earnest weeks before the writs are issued for next month’s state poll.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in Adelaide on Sunday to launch the Liberals’ campaign and urged voters to end 16 years of “dysfunctional” Labor rule.
“That’s why this election is so important. A vote for any other party risks another four years of the same tired, chaotic, dysfunction in South n politics and government,” Mr Turnbull said.
Opposition Leader Steven Marshall told the party faithful he planned to eliminate payroll tax for all companies with an annual wage bill below $1.5 million, and save the business community $44 million a year.
Meanwhile, the government announced a planned network of at least 50,000 home solar systems backed up by battery storage in a bid to create the world’s largest “virtual” power plant.
Premier Jay Weatherill said a trial was already underway to install solar panels and Tesla batteries on 1100 Housing Trust homes, with the cost to be financed by the sale of electricity.
It would later be rolled out to another 24,000 public housing properties and offered to other households.
“Our energy plan means that we are leading the world in renewable energy and now we are making it easier for more homes to become self-sufficient,” Mr Weatherill said.
The program appeared to trump a similar Liberal plan to have solar panels and batteries installed in at least 40,000 homes.
The March 17 election is shaping up to be a three-way contest between the major parties and Nick Xenophon’s SA best party.
Mr Xenophon plans to run candidates in 30 of SA’s 47 lower house seats and aspires to hold the balance of power in the next parliament.