Labor divisions continue – another Weatherill Govt leak
Internal division within Premier Weatherill’s Labor Government continues to spill into the public arena, as a series of embarrassing leaks destabilise Mr Weatherill’s leadership.
A document marked ‘Cabinet in Confidence’, and prepared under the Premier’s name, has been deliberately leaked to further damage Mr Weatherill’s leadership.
The confidential document details Cabinet discussions about a proposed “Wellbeing” initiative costing $7 million over four years, and the submission’s ‘Bid Title’ is described as:
“Build South Australia as the ‘State of Wellbeing’ by providing positive psychology measurement and training to all children and teachers and establishing the Adelaide Wellbeing Institute.”
“This is just the latest in a series of damaging leaks designed to destabilise Mr Weatherill’s leadership,” said Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas.
“Another week, another leak under Mr Weatherill and his divided Labor Government.
“South Australians are struggling with increasing cost of living pressures and businesses are struggling to operate with the highest tax regime in the nation.”
In addition to today’s embarrassing Cabinet document leak, other Labor leaks include:
• Leaked Cabinet documents regarding Neighbourhood Policing Teams;
• Leaked information from within SA Health about the $200 million cost for demolishing and cleaning up the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital site;
• Leaks from the Education Department about child sex abuse cases in government schools;
• The Government’s car park tax leaked to media two days before it was released in the Mid-Year Budget Review;
• Premier Weatherill’s Cabinet reshuffle, in which he controversially took over the Treasury portfolio, was leaked to media in advance of the official announcement.
“This is yet another example of the warped priorities of Mr Weatherill and his Labor Government,” said Mr Lucas.
“Rather than wasting $7 million on a ‘Wellbeing Institute’ and providing ‘positive psychology measurement’ this funding, if available, should be spent on actually delivering improved services in South Australian hospitals and schools.”