South Australian president wants parliament recalled

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South Australian Parliament Speaker Dan Cregan has written to Prime Minister Steven Marshall urging him to recall parliament ahead of the March state election to help deal with the current COVID-19 outbreak.

All Crusader and Labor MPs also signed the letter, asking the House of Assembly to sit for three days from February 8, a request quickly rejected by the Prime Minister.

The state’s upper house, the Legislative Council, is already scheduled to sit that week.

Mr Cregan said MPs were deeply concerned that the government had not sufficiently prepared for the arrival of the Omicron variant in its arrangements for the opening of state borders in November.

Daily virus infections peaked at 4,506 on January 9 and have averaged 3,830 over the past week.

“Families and individuals fear for their safety and are troubled by unclear messages,” the speaker said in the letter.

“Companies are facing extraordinary economic difficulties. Retail and distribution chains are facing labor shortages.

“Frontline staff and paramedics, including paramedics, GPs, chemists, nurses and community care providers, are under unacceptable pressure.”

Mr Cregan said that as chairman he believed it was in the public interest for the assembly to meet earlier than scheduled.

Parliament last met in December, when it was adjourned until after national elections on March 19.

Sitting dates for the new parliament have not yet been listed on its website calendar.

Mr Marshall said there would be no recall of parliament before the election.

“We’re just weeks away from going into goalkeeper mode,” he said.

“I am now 100% focused on listening to the experts and keeping South Australia safe.”

-PAA

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