Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

SA leaders look to life beyond election

SA leaders look to life beyond election

Support continues to slip for SA Best, according to The Australian's Newspoll, with the fledgling political party on 17 per cent, compared with the 32 per cent support it recorded late past year.

The prime minister spoke to incoming Premier Stephen Marshall on Sunday morning after his win ended 16 years of Labor government.

The state's 693 polling places across 47 districts will be open from 8am to 6pm, although a record number of early votes have been recorded for the election.

Gupta secured a almost $8 million loan from the South Australian government through its Renewable Technology Fund for the project which is expected to create 100 construction jobs.

'It's been way too long between drinks for the Liberal Party in South Australia, ' a jubilant Mr Marshall, who fell short of winning the 2014 election, told the cheering crowd.

This time however, it was Weatherill who was ambushed, his message interrupted by protester Tadhg Porter, who confronted the Labor leader over allowing exploration for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight, before being escorted away by security.

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"The fact is that getting over 200,000 votes across the state for a start-up party is okay for a first outing but there are always other elections, " he said.

"What I have planned is to get eight hours sleep".

Mr Marshall said job creation would be a focus of his government and also pledged to lower taxes and the cost of living.

The Liberal Party won 24 seats - sufficient for a majority in its own right - with two more still in doubt, while Labor was reduced to 18 with three independents.

Nick Xenophon's awkward handshake with Hartley rival Vincent Tarzia on election day.

Addressing candidates and supporters in the city, Mr Xenophon acknowledged that the results for the party were not coming in as hoped, but claimed a victory of sorts through making the major parties pour resources into safe seats they would otherwise take for granted.

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