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David Speirs MP, Leader of the Opposition (SA), Naracoorte Community News

I am very excited that the South Australian Liberal Party will host its first Shadow Country Cabinet in the South East this week. Since becoming the Leader of the Opposition I have made engagement with regional South Australia a key priority.

It’s a big reason why I appointed Member for MacKillop Nick McBride as our Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Engagement.

We want our visits to be meaningful and genuine, eschewing Labor’s FIFO approach to regional visits and city-centric decision making. We saw a prime example of this with the recent plebiscite into merging the District Council of Grant and the City of Mount Gambier.

Without consulting with these communities Peter Malinauskas announced a thought bubble to grab a headline in metropolitan media.

In contrast, the Liberal Party, including me as well as Shadow Ministers Sam Telfer and Nicola Centofanti, visited and listened to these communities who raised many concerns.

We took these concerns to Parliament but unfortunately the Government didn’t listen. Not surprisingly the plebiscite was comprehensively rejected in an embarrassing result for the Premier.

The Liberal Party I lead will not make these mistakes and during this upcoming trip I will spend three nights in the South East visiting a range of regional towns.

This will be my third visit to Mount Gambier since taking on the leadership. In just over six months I have personally visited 50 different regional towns and during this visit I will add Kingston, Robe, Southend, Penola and Coonawarra to the list.

This time I can’t wait to bring my entire Shadow Cabinet with me to make sure we are hearing directly from your community. So please join us at Naracoorte Showgrounds on Thursday 24 November at 7pm so you can meet me and my team and tell us what matters to you.

Naracoorte Community News 23 November 2022

This article appeared in the Naracoorte Community News.

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