South Australia’s Premier, Steven Marshall has announced major changes to his Government with the resignation of several MPs.
As a result of travel allowance errors dating back to 10 years, several MPs have been required to pay back significant sums. These sums were originally paid for by the taxpayer.
Today, Mr Marshall has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone and Transport Minister, Stephan Knoll.
He has also accepted the resignation of Tourism Minister, David Ridgeway.
“For some time he has indicated to my office that he does not seek to be included in a cabinet after a reshuffle,” he says.
President of the Legislative Council, Terry Stephens will also be resigning when the council resumes after the winter break.
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Mr Marshall says that these recent distractions to his government are unacceptable with the current crisis of outbreaks of COVID-19 in Victoria and NSW.
“I need my government focused 100% on the Coronavirus,” he says.
Mr Marshall will be travelling to Government House today to be sworn in as Minister for Investment and Trade.
Deputy Premier, Vickie Chapman will be sworn in as Minister of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Treasurer, Rob Lucas will be sworn in as the Minister of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and Local Government.
These changes will remain in place until a new cabinet is announced, which the Premier says will happen in the coming days.
“I don’t expect a reshuffle between now and the next government,” he says.
More to come.