The State Liberals today reiterate calls for the Weatherill Labor Government to immediately bring forward job creation policies.
The call follows Arrium’s announcement today that it will cut $100 million from the Whyalla steelworks over the next two years.
This is in addition to the $60 million of savings across the Arrium business announced in August.
BGC Contracting, a major contractor at Arrium’s Eyre Peninsula iron ore mines, yesterday cut 125 jobs.
“South Australia needs jobs creation now, not in a few years like the Weatherill Labor Government is talking about,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“The Weatherill Labor Government must immediately:
– Bring forward planned Stamp Duty relief to take effect this year;
– Commit to reducing Payroll Tax;
– Slash Emergency Services Levy bills by reversing the $90 million ESL hike announced in the 2014-15 State Budget;
– Push ahead with job creating infrastructure such as the Strzelecki Track upgrade; and,
– Create a state-based Productivity Commission.
“The Weatherill Labor Government also needs to stop pushing “job killing” ideas such as a 15 per cent GST and new planning and carbon taxes,” said Mr Lucas.
“Last month South Australia recorded its highest unemployment rate in 20 years.
“South Australia is careering towards double digit unemployment and the Weatherill Labor Government are sitting on their hands.
“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.
“Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market.”