South Australia July to December 2017

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For the period under review, the events and developments in South Australia are best seen through the prism of the state election in March 2018. The fifteen-year old Labor government set about re-calibrating its policy agenda with an improbable fifth consecutive term in mind. In the second half of 2017, the government was facing a range of longstanding, as well as new, political problems. In this context, Steven Marshall’s Liberals sought to make political capital out of a range of issues, including power, health and education amongst others. The backdrop to the political developments remains a South Australian economy “in transition”, braced for uncertainty with the closure of the
Holden car plant. However, these events were over-shadowed by the unexpected
announcement of prominent Independent Nick Xenophon to leave the federal Senate, and re-enter state politics and contest the seat of Hartley. Xenophon’s SA Best team is a potential political earthquake, if the December Newspoll is accurate, which could substantially reconfigure South Australian state politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-347
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018


  • Labour government
  • Steven Marshall's Liberals
  • Holden car plant
  • Nick Xenophon
  • seat of Hartley
  • South Australia
  • December Newspoll


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