We will lead an open and transparent Government
A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure it is open and accountable in its dealings, ensuring public private partnership (PPPs) projects undergo proper parliamentary scrutiny via the Public Works Committee.
While the private sector is involved in PPPs, taxpayers’ money is still being spent and there has to be some parliamentary oversight. That is what accountability, transparency and good governance looks like and a Marshall Liberal Government will apply these standards.
Parliamentary scrutiny won’t delay projects and it will protect the right of taxpayers to know that their money is being managed properly.
The Weatherill Government’s mismanagement of major projects has cost taxpayers dearly.
The prime example is the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. It cost taxpayers $600 million more than the government promised it would and was long delayed, with disputes between the government and contractors badly affecting South Australia’s reputation as a good place in which to do business.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital project was undertaken as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) which, when managed well, can offer an opportunity to achieve better value for money for taxpayers.
However, as this example shows, parliamentary scrutiny is needed to ensure government remains ultimately accountable to the people who are paying for the infrastructure – taxpayers.
Taxpayers deserve accountable government and that’s why we will ensure PPP projects undergo proper parliamentary scrutiny.