‘Made like dinner’: Marshall dives into shallow ‘pools’
Today, the Prime Minister committed a re-elected Liberal government to spending $25 million over five years to financially support outdoor tourism businesses, which will need to co-contribute funding to grow their businesses.
The pitch continued Steven Marshall’s theme that a healthy economy is the foundation underpinning spending in other key areas.
“You can’t have a strong health care system or a strong education system or strong public transportation unless you have a strong economy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Labor has continued to focus on health spending, announcing several improvements to Modbury Hospital in the hotly contested north-east seat of Newland.
Promised improvements include a $28 million cancer center, $53.7 million to retain and expand the Woodleigh House mental health facility and $87 million to create 48 additional permanent subacute beds.
“We only saw last night that SA Ambulance was OPSTAT red, meaning South Australians weren’t getting the ambulances they needed when they needed them,” Malinauskas said.
“We believe patients should be treated closer to home so Labor will be building a brand new cancer center here at Modbury Hospital which does not currently exist.
“Overall, in the northern and northeastern suburbs, it will double cancer treatment, which will make it easier for people in the northeastern suburbs.”
Ex-worker maverick became independent candidate for Newland Frances Bedford, who has campaigned strongly for improvements at Modbury Hospital, welcomed her former party’s announcement but said she was pushing for the return of an obstetrics, childbirth and gynecology unit.
The former MP for Florey left Labor to become an independent in 2017 after losing her shortlist to right-winger Jack Snelling – who later announced his own retirement.
In October, Bedford announced a tilt in Newland, after a boundary change shifted many of his constituents to the seat.
“This ad sounds great, but the devils in the details,” she said Daily.
“I’ll have to take a look and unbox what it is, but obviously any money is good – the sooner the better.
“Now we have to wait to see what the Liberal Party also comes up with.”
Newland is a key battleground for this election, with Bedford, ALP candidate and Tea Tree Gully councilor Olivia Savvas and incumbent Liberal MP Richard Harvey all likely to vote strongly.
Bedford said they met Malinauskas last week, but the couple did not discuss Modbury Hospital.
Malinauskas said he worked closely with Bedford when she was still in the Labor Party and he still spoke to her “from time to time”.
“This is Labour’s plan – Frances is an independent – and if I’m being honest, the strongest advocates, for me, in developing this policy (from Modbury Hospital) have been Rhiannon Pearce and Olivia Savvas , who are our local Labor candidates. ”
As for Marshall, Bedford said, “He doesn’t talk to me at all unless he has to.”
But the Prime Minister was happy to speak to his Labor counterpart today, after pledging his government to deliver $25m of the $80m pledged by the opposition for the rebuilding of the Adelaide Aquatics Center in the north from Adelaide.
“It’s a project that came to us from Adelaide City Council…we think it’s a great investment but I have to say, using one of my mum’s old expressions, Peter Malinauskas was done as a dinner,” he said.
“He was completely foiled by Adelaide City Council…and I think that just demonstrates a lack of insight into deals on behalf of South African ratepayers.”
Marshall was coy about whether he had visited Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg for the final funding commitment for the project yesterday, saying: ‘This is an Adelaide City Council project… I’m not going to not go into all the conversations I had with Josh Frydenberg, but I’ll leave the funding announcements to them.
But, in an emerging campaign theme, he turned the attack on the ‘risky’ Labor leader, saying ‘it really demonstrates how reckless he will be with taxpayers’ money’ – while chastising presidential-style campaigning of Malinauskas.
“We have proven that we can, by having a strong economy, also improve services – no jogging around the park, no dips in the pool, no fancy checks, no blank checks to Adelaide City Council “Marshall said.
He said the Leader of the Opposition ‘wants to spend money writing novelty checks everywhere he goes’.
“He basically has the L-plates,” he said, in an apparent nod to old Howard-era attacks that aided former Federal Labor leader Mark Latham’s ill-fated 2004 campaign.
“He actually wears floaties — he loves the pool,” Marshall continued, in recognition of Malinauskas’ high-profile dip in the deep end last week.
Ask by InDaily if he’d follow suit, with the sea view outside his chosen campaign spot – the Star of Greece restaurant in the Labor district of Mawson – Marshall laughed: “I’ll go to the pool when you go in the pool.”
Then, after realizing the folly of making campaign promises you don’t intend to keep, he added, “Actually, I’m taking that back.”
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