After seven cases of Labor division in seven days, Premier Weatherill has acknowledged that division and disunity is a distraction and damaging to the Labor brand.
Mr Weatherill’s comments come in the wake of Ms Gillard calling on a leadership spill to address damaging infighting and division within federal Labor.
Mr Weatherill today told journalists:
“I think any time when we’re talking about ourselves and not talking about the people of Australia, the people of South Australia, then it’s a distraction from what people have put us here to do. So in that sense it is damaging.”
“What we are seeing from both the Weatherill and Gillard Labor Governments is public division on a daily basis,” said Mr Lucas.
“Instead South Australians have Weatherill and Gillard Labor Governments focused on division and disunity.”
Mr Weatherill has seen during the past week alone:
• A calculated, vindictive Cabinet leak of a $7 million “wellbeing initiative” seeking to undermine the authority of Premier Weatherill
• Legislative Council President John Gazzola and Premier Weatherill sparring publically about freedom of speech and media coverage of Parliament
• Premier Weatherill and Finance Minister O’Brien embarrassingly contradicting one another over the underwriting of construction insurance following insurer QBE’s decision to vacate the market
• Labor Caucus member Leesa Vlahos condemning the Weatherill Labor Government’s handling of school stationery contracts
• Labor Caucus member Frances Bedford 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 turning on the Labor Party and spearheading a campaign to overturn Labor’s Car Park Tax
• Another damaging leak from the Education Department, revealing more than 50 unresolved cases of misconduct
“South Australians deserve State and Federal Governments focused on governing,” Mr Lucas said