SA leaders set for last day of campaign

19 March, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • South Australian election expected to be close in three-way contest

Few pundits are sticking their necks out in an election featuring two evenly-matched major parties and the unique influence of Nick Xenophon's SA Best, who, by running an open ticket, have left pollsters guessing as to where preferences might go.

Marshall also has the backing of the Murdoch media empire, including the influential daily newspaper, the Adelaide Advertiser, which this week endorsed a change in government after 16 years of Labor.

Mr Weatherill was the most vocal opponent of the federal government's National Energy Guarantee, Mr Turnbull said.

Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall are expected to take centre stage on Friday, after Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and opposition spokesperson Rob Lucas revealed campaign costings documents on Thursday.

Labor's statewide vote after preferences actually improved by more than a percentage point on the 47 per cent share it secured in 2014 but a redrawing of electoral boundaries had made its task significantly harder in 2018.

He promised the Liberals would fix South Australia's high electricity costs, despite the independent arbiter finding his party had misled voters over a promise to cut bills by $302.

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Mr Xenophon was trying to make the best of the election result.

"The Labor party has plenty of fantastic choices as leader, I won't be one of them", he told reporters on Sunday.

'Thank you so much for the extraordinary privilege of being your premier, it's been one of the great joys of my life and we'll just give you one pledge - we'll be back'.

The former senator also looks to have been defeated in his campaign to win the seat of Hartley, but said the seat is "lineball" and has held off on conceding.

He said he was now looking forward to being a "good local member" and spending more time with his family, beginning with a visit to his mother's nursing home on Sunday, a coffee with his father and time with his two young daughters.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered his congratulations to Mr Marshall.

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