Well, what an election that proved to be. Steven Marshall’s Liberal team won with an undisputed majority few predicted, particularly with the obnoxious – albeit, waning – popularity of Nick Xenophon’s SA Best party.
After 16 years, it’s probably safe to say we were due a change of government, but general consensus was that one or more independents would be part of it.
Marshall’s bold claim to form government with a majority or not at all appears to have paid off. But now he – and his team – have to deliver.
They say a change is as good as a holiday, and no doubt that has in some way contributed to the weekend’s result.
It’s probably fair to say that the Liberals’ rather youthful party room may have helped to garner support; a good number of the familiar faces are under 50, which was likely an appealing factor for young adults yet to see a state Liberal government.
But the “shiny and new” factor will wane, and if constituents aren’t seeing action, they will complain.
If the Liberal Party wants any chance of securing a second term in government in four years’ time, they have a seriously big job ahead of them.
On a local level, Schubert’s Stephan Knoll has perhaps one of the biggest challenges: delivering the Barossa hospital which was promised by the Liberals in the early 1990s, and which we’re yet to see any action on.
Prior to the election, Mr Knoll committed to funding a business case.
Let’s repeat that to be clear – he’s committed to the business case.
The actual hospital still needs sign-off, funding and importantly, to be built.
But there is no doubt that if Mr Knoll can deliver on this one seemingly pipedream promise – even a regional health hub of some sort which provides a good range of services – it will go a long way to winning him continued favour in this already safe seat.
We wish him luck!