Ms Andrea Michaels MP

South Australia needs to be bold. Coming out of the pandemic, we need to position ourselves as a great place to live and work, and a great place to do business.

SA Labor is looking to our future. A future that honours where we have been and forges a clear path to building the state for future generations. Planning must be front and centre to make sure we not only get to that position but we can keep to it for the long term.

Good planning and development will help us walk the tightrope between growth and liveability.

We need to better manage urban infill with a range of measures, including better design standards, and we need to do that with the support of the building industry.

We must ensure safeguards are in place for our environment to ensure our growth does not come at a cost to future generations.

We want new builds to add value to our streetscapes and way of life.

The outcomes of both good and bad planning decisions are years in the making and we need to develop a long-term vision of what we want South Australia to look like in 30 years to avoid the consequences of bad planning decisions.

I know no one wants another review but there has been huge change in our state planning laws, the Code and the e-planning system, so we need to get an expert panel (including from industry) to look at what is a pretty complex puzzle.

The planning reforms that we only fully implemented last year were based on data from the 2000s and early 2010s.

Things have changed. Covid has changed the way we live and work, and we agree with Master Builders SA that we need to look at the Land Supply Report, and therefore the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

We also need to make sure that what was intended with the planning reforms is actually now working in practice.

In addition to the implementation review, a Malinauskas Labor Government will address the ever-increasing threat to home ownership – housing affordability, with an investment in housing into the future.

We also want to work with Master Builders SA and the building industry to secure greater local procurement for state government work with appropriate procurement practices.

This will support the industry in addressing the cultural change needed, particularly in the commercial sector, as identified by MBASA.


Another area that MBASA has identified as needing attention in the construction industry is increasing the representation of women working in the industry. Part of the answer is attracting female trade apprentices.

Another thing that will help is encouraging more female-owned businesses in the industry.

As a small business owner myself, I know that absolutely makes a difference – that’s why SA Labor will have a women in business policy to help female-owned businesses in the industry.

That’s why I am passionate about strong leaders better serving this crucial industry.