South Australians are poorly served by a State Parliament in desperate need of reform to make it more accountable, according to Green SA Parliamentary Leader, Mark Parnell MLC.
The first Liberal State Budget in 16 years is a predictable piece of work that takes the axe to public servants, ignores the environment, cuts services to those who most need them and keeps the big end of town happy. There’ll be plenty of ribbons for Ministers to cut but the harshest cuts are reserved for programs that help reduce climate change, help reduce crime and help low income families to make ends meet. Thousands of public servants are facing forced redundancies.
With a majority of State Parliament’s Upper House now committed to opposing rate capping for local councils, attention should now focus on improving accountability for rate spending, according to Greens MLC, Mark Parnell.
Today in SA Parliament, both the Marshall Liberal Government and the Labor Opposition voted down a Greens Bill to end automatic pay rises for state MPs.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Upper House of State Parliament will vote on a Greens’ Bill to ban fracking for gas in the South East region of South Australia.
Greens MLC Mark Parnell has introduced a Bill into State Parliament to stop the automatic flow-on of Federal MP pay rises to State MPs and to give the government and Parliament the ability to exercise restraint.