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SA Election Overview For Those Who Weren't Paying Attention

The first thing you need to know is that voting in State Elections is compulsory.  Which means if you don't show up on the day (or postal vote) and get your name checked off, you're likely to receive a fine.

There are so many announcements, press conferences and rebuttals that it can be hard to be across everything.  So we've listed the major promises of each of the 3 major parties below, so you can see how you feel about each of them.


(currently in power)

Leader: Jay Weatherill


Key promises:

  • A 75 percent renewable energy target and a 25 percent renewable storage target by 2025.
  • A $2 billion infrastructure fund including money for new road works, extensions to the city's tram lines as well as support for a deep-water port in Spencer Gulf.
  • A $692 million program to upgrade more than 90 public schools.
  • A $150 million pledge to replace 600 old and outdated public housing properties.


Leader: Nick Xenophon


Key promises:

  • Redeveloping the disused Port Stanvac oil refinery site into a housing and commercial precinct.
  • New laws to protect vulnerable South Australians from neglect as well as psychological, physical and sexual abuse.
  • Bidding to be the home of a Qantas pilot training academy located in regional SA.
  • Mandatory rehabilitation for ice users.


Leader: Stephen Marshall


Key promises:

  • Completion of the North-South road corridor through metropolitan Adelaide.
  • The GlobeLink freight airport and road corridor near Murray Bridge.
  • Deregulating shopping hours, with current laws restricting trading on weekends and public holidays.
  • Nearly $10 million to boost crisis accommodation for victims of domestic violence.

- with AAP

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