Surprising result for SA

By: Amie Hickland

South Australia’s new Minister for Transport good move for bus sector

South Australia’s new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure has been touted as a future leader of the state – which is likely to have a positive impact on the bus industry.

Newcomer Stephen Mullighan will be Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and Assistant Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Planning.

The recently announced cabinet led by Premier Jay Weatherill includes four new ministers in total.

Independent MP Geoff Brock decided to support the Labor party after an even race with the Liberal party, tipping the balance of power toward Labor.

Mullighan is to meet with the South Australian Bus Association (SA Bus) very soon.

Executive Director Lauran Huefner says what he has heard of the new minister has so far been positive.

"The feedback I’ve had from people who know him… is that he’s likely to be a good minister," he says.

"He has been touted as a future Premier of the state."

Mullighan has previously held senior positions with the State Government which Huefner says should be an advantage to the bus sector.

"We hope all that experience as senior staff will give him good insight in how to make and deliver good policy for the community."

Former Minister for Public Transport Chloe Fox did not make it back into parliament and subsequently the separate public transport portfolio in the previous government will be absorbed into the new Transport and Infrastructure ministry.

Huefner says the seat was always considered as one which was considered at risk, as Fox won by a narrow margin at the previous election.

Now that the Public Transport ministry has been rolled back into the Transport and Infrastructure ministry, Huefner believes having infrastructure and service delivery integrated is essential to the city.

He says the election was a close call and SA Bus will continue to work with the new State Government.

 "I think it would be fair to say that some have been surprised by that result," he says.

Premier Weatherill welcomes the new members of cabinet who bring to the table a broad range of talents and experience.

"This is a strong and committed team with a great blend of experience and youth and I know they are excited about South Australia’s future and the role they can play in shaping it," he says.

Former Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis has been appointed Treasurer among other ministries.

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