The State Government will keep one of its key election commitments to establish an SA Productivity Commission through administrative arrangements rather than through legislation through the Parliament.
The decision has been made following ‘unreasonable, unworkable and untenable’ amendments to the SA Productivity Commission Bill 2018 insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers in the Legislative Council.
“Our hand has been forced,’’ said Treasurer Lucas.
“The Marshall Government’s clear preference, what we took to the election and what our bill provided, was for a far more transparent and accountable model.
“However, due to a raft of amendments insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers, which would have seen non-government members in the Legislative Council being able to force inquiries onto the Productivity Commission at their discretion was simply untenable.
“No Productivity Commission in Australia operates in this way.
“The Government will now, reluctantly, look to establish the Commission via alternate methods. The NSW Government, for example, recently established a Productivity Commission as a division of its Treasury.”
The SA Productivity Commission – a key election commitment – will be an advisory body tasked with assisting to drive vital economic reform to grow South Australia’s economy.
“Productivity reforms are vital to ensuring the State’s long-term economic growth and jobs success.”