Premier Weatherill’s Labor Government continues to spill into the public arena, as a series of embarrassing leaks continue to destabilise Mr Weatherill’s leadership.
In just the past week alone:
• A calculated, vindictive Cabinet leak of a $7 million “wellbeing initiative” sought to undermine the authority of Premier Weatherill
• Legislative Council President John Gazzola and Premier Weatherill sparred publically about freedom of speech and media coverage of Parliament
• Premier Weatherill and Finance Minister O’Brien embarrassingly contradicted one another over the underwriting of construction insurance following insurer QBE’s decision to vacate the market
• Labor Caucus members Leesa Vlahos and Frances Bedford stood arm in arm with State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall in condemning the Weatherill Labor Government’s handling of school stationery contracts
• Long time Labor staffer and former key advisor to former Premier Rann Jill Bottrall turned on the Labor Party and spearheaded a campaign to overturn Labor’s Car Park Tax
“What we are seeing from the Weatherill Labor Government is public division on a daily basis,” said Shadow Minister for Health Rob Lucas.
“Premier Weatherill is being undermined at every turn by Labor Party agitators unhappy with his leadership and questioning key decisions he has taken.
“South Australians deserve a Government focused on governing.
“Instead South Australians have a Weatherill Labor Government focused on division and disunity.
“At a time when Premier Weatherill should be grappling with solutions to a nation high tax regimen that is strangling South Australian business, the Premier is instead struggling to fight off open rebellion from his colleagues.
“At a time when South Australian students are achieving education outcomes below the national average, and when families struggle to pay the bills, Premier Weatherill is instead struggling to fight off open rebellion from his colleagues.
“The Weatherill Labor Government needs to get its priorities in order, sort out its internal divisions, and start fixing the mess they have made.”