Health and tax cuts take center stage in SA poll | Liverpool City Champion

Labor has pledged to increase the size of Adelaide’s proposed new women’s and children’s hospital as the party continued to focus on health during the South Australian election campaign.

After Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced tax breaks for new internships, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas on Monday unveiled plans to add 50 more beds to the new hospital at a cost of $100million if Labor win on March 19.

Construction of the new $1.95 billion facility is expected to begin later this year.

“The work will build a better new women’s and children’s hospital with more beds providing more care for more women and children for generations to come,” Malinauskas said.

Labor has also pledged to spend nearly $40 million to employ 48 additional doctors and 12 specialist nurses for existing women and children.

As the third day of the election campaign approaches, Mr Marshall has promised to scrap payroll taxes on trainee jobs if his government is re-elected.

The prime minister said the $18 million pledge would remove the tax on all apprenticeships and internships for the next two years.

The concessions would apply to anyone starting training between July 1 this year and June 30, 2024.

“We know that it is expensive for a company to hire an apprentice or an intern,” said the Prime Minister.

“We want to make it even more attractive for businesses in South Australia to take on apprentices and trainees.

“We have a big ambition to continue to grow our economy. We are the fastest growing economy in the whole country and we need skills to make sure we can keep that momentum going.”

Mr Marshall said the government would continue to monitor the types of internships offered to ensure gaps in the workforce were filled.

He said there was no point in funding new posts “just for fun”.

“We really need to spend our limited dollars in areas that are going to provide that skill enhancement that is going to continue to grow our state,” he said.

The election promises from the two leaders came as the campaign’s first opinion poll showed Labor narrowly leading the government.

The Australia Institute polled 602 voters who gave Labor a 51% lead against 49% on a bipartisan preferential basis.

The poll also asked about the opening of SA’s borders in November last year, with 76% agreeing that the state government could have done more to prepare for the influx of COVID-19 infections. 19.

“The perception that South Australia was not sufficiently prepared when the borders opened is shared by all political parties, with a majority of voters from all parties agreeing that more should have been done,” said Noah Schultz-Byard, director of the Australia Institute SA.

Australian Associated Press

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