South Australians deserve an honest conversation about our economy

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to start having an honest conversation about the South Australian economy.

The first step towards fixing our economy is the Weatherill Labor Government admitting that we have a problem.

South Australia is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation and the value of merchandise exports has plummeted by $1 billion over the last 12 months.

It is concerning that we already have the highest unemployment rate in the nation before the closure of the Port Augusta power stations, Leigh Creek coal mine and Holden.

South Australia continues to languish at the bottom of the pack in terms of business confidence and conditions.

"Events like the Shandong visit this week are positive and should be encouraged," said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

"However, we can’t afford to pin the employment hopes of thousands of South Australians on one iron ore project.

"That is simply giving South Australians false hope.

"Instead, to turn around the State’s fortunes the Weatherill Labor Government needs to get South Australia’s fundamental policy setting right.

"The State Government must reduce taxes and red tape, assist exporters and develop productive infrastructure.

"This is action that must be taken now, not in a few years’ time.

"There is a positive future for South Australia but it requires decisive action from the State Government."