Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 03, 2022



The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO (16:54): My question is to the Attorney-General in his role as representing the Treasurer in this chamber on the topic of unemployment. What is South Australia's current unemployment rate and what was the rate under Labor when they lost office in 2018; and how many jobs will the Malinauskas government create over the next four years?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (16:54): I will refer, as the member identified, to the Treasurer in another place, but I do know off the top of my head that the unemployment rate when the Liberals went out of government in March this year was I think 4.9 per cent. If my memory serves me correctly, the Marshall Liberal government left South Australia with the worst unemployment rate in the whole nation, as I understand it. I will check, but if I am wrong I will bring back a reply, but I am quite sure that when the Steven Marshall government left office they left South Australia unbelievably with the worst unemployment in the whole nation. Shame.