As part of the Liberal plan to tackle South Australia’s economic crisis I'm excited to have been given the new roles of Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Shadow Minister for Road Safety in Steven Marshall's frontbench team. I will also be retaining the important Skills and Training portfolio.
I have enjoyed my time as Shadow Minister for Education and would like to offer sincere thanks to the many fine educators, students and families - who are, as I like to think of them the ‘customers’ in our school system - for sharing their knowledge, time and insights with me. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to offer strong alternative policies to a Labor Government that has been resistant to improvements in education delivery. These policies have included enhanced local management for our school communities, moving Year 7 into High school (as is the case in all other Australian states and territories), an independent Education Ombudsman to resolve disputes with the department, a second city high school campus and the introduction of greater opportunities for students to access entrepreneurial education and apprenticeships.
There is no doubt South Australians have lost confidence in a transport network that is slow and unreliable and a wasteful Labor Government, with the wrong priorities and resistant to innovation. It will be my aim to hold the Minister to account for these failings and to outline a stronger alternative vision as we move towards the 2018 election.