Peter Malinauskas MP

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a better South Australia.

And ‘build’ is the key word.

Labor has a strong track record when it comes to building but there is so much more to do.

And it won’t just happen. We must seize this moment.

I am determined that the suite of policies I take to the people of South Australia in March are not just for the next election but for the next generation.

COVID stimulus which has been flowing through the economy is coming to an end and many are asking what does the post-COVID future look like?

Housing, roads and infrastructure will play a key role in our state’s future.

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about road and infrastructure projects – think Globelink, Main South Road duplication and the infamous right-hand tram turn.

In each and every circumstance, this talk has been just that – talk.

We don’t need more talk, we need genuine leadership and action.

You can be sure that the roads, infrastructure and housing policies I announce between now and the election will be well-considered, fully-funded and will actually be delivered.

Just look at Labor’s record.

We didn’t just talk about infrastructure, we actually delivered projects.  Like the duplication of the Southern Expressway, the O-Bahn City Access Tunnel, the Adelaide Oval and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Of course, if we are going to build a better South Australia, we need the people who will build it.

That is where addressing chronic skills shortages is essential.

Again, the Liberals have talked about training and skills, but there is very little to show for it.

I have heard loud and clear your industry’s message about the lack of skilled workers.

And I have already announced a suite of policies to address our state’s skills crisis.

This includes building five new technical colleges – three in metropolitan Adelaide and two in regional South Australia. These technical colleges will be brand new buildings with the latest state-of-the-art technology, run in conjunction with nearby high schools.

We have also announced we will work closely with Master Builders to determine the best way to deliver driver training at our technical colleges.  We agree a lack of a drivers licence is a huge impediment for many people finding work in the building and construction industry.

This is just part of our comprehensive education policy which is a central pillar of my economic policy.

And if we are going to build a better South Australia, we must put South Australia first.

If elected Premier, I will unashamedly use the purchasing power of the State Government to promote local procurement.

Made by South Australians. Built by South Australians. Delivering jobs for South Australians.

Under the Liberals, we have seen too many examples of work which could be undertaken by high-quality South Australian businesses exported to those who are interstate or overseas.

The coming years will present challenges, but they also present opportunities the likes of which we haven’t seen since World War II.

I look forward to detailing my vision for our state ahead of the election – a vision for the future.

In 30 years’ time, I hope our children can say this generation saw the moment and seized the moment.