South Australia: July to December 2018

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After winning the State Election earlier in the year, the South Australian Liberal Government, under the leadership of Premier Steven Marshall, spent the remainder of the year trying to bed down its agenda. After sixteen years in the political wilderness, the Marshall government sought to implement a new governing style, but was hampered in trying to implement some of its signature election commitments. The centre‐piece of the period under review was the State Budget, delivered by Treasurer Rob Lucas — the only member of the Cabinet to have ever held Ministerial office before. The Lucas budget delivered key cuts to parts of the public sector, and potentially looks to recalibrate the relationship between the government and the private sector. During the latter half of 2018, the new Marshall government faced a number of problems, including ongoing pressures on the health system. The year, however, ended on something of a high for Marshall when Adelaide was rewarded and named as the new home of the Australian Space Agency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019


  • South Australia
  • Premier Steven Marshall
  • Liberal Government
  • State Budget
  • 2018


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