IN THE lead-up to the March 17 election, Fairfax Media, publishers of Stock Journal, will be hosting a series of debates featuring Labor, the Liberals, SA Best, The Greens and Australian Conservatives.
Too often, the issues affecting country SA are not given the time or attention they deserve, but through our online debate series and ongoing print coverage, Stock Journal is determined to show our politicians that country voters matter.
This year’s election campaign will be unlike any other in recent memory, with Family First morphing into Australian Conservatives and Nick Xenophon quitting the Senate last year to again focus on state politics.
Political experts remain divided about how Mr Xenophon’s SA Best party is likely to perform at the polls, with some tipping it to be a third major force on the state’s political scene, while others have more modest expectations.
What is undeniable is that his return has left the two major parties rethinking their campaign strategies.
Just who will lead our state for the next four years is anyone’s guess, and Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Stephen Marshall have differing ideas about the best path forward.
Fairfax Media’s debate series will detail where each party’s priorities lie in this changing political landscape, helping you make a more informed decision in the polling booth.