A $39 million regional funding package along with promises on future regional development and support for small business are key ingredients in the deal that secured Labor a fourth term in South Australia.
Premier Jay Weatherill has released details of the deal he struck with independent MP Geoff Brock in return for Mr Brock’s support to form a minority government.
They include a $13.4 million annual boost to the regional development fund, $10 million to grow jobs and cash for other projects.
The government has also agreed to a Charter for Stronger Regional Policy and a Charter for Small Business.
The Charter for Stronger Regional Policy requires the government to ensure the views of regional South Australians are fully considered and to recognise the needs of regional communities when planning for healthcare, education, infrastructure and economic growth.
The charter for small business requires the government to pay greater attention to the needs of the sector including regular meetings with the premier and reforms to boost growth and cut business costs.
In return Mr Brock will support the government in the parliament on issues of confidence and supply but will remain free to absent himself from cabinet discussions on issues that he might consider inconsistent with his ongoing independence.
Mr Weatherill said Mr Brock would be free to “walk away” from his agreement with the government if serious corruption or illegality had been proved.
“The sorts of things which traditionally would allow anybody to walk away from a government,” the premier said.
“But he’s committed himself to providing confidence and supply to this government during the next four years.”
The new state cabinet, including Mr Brock as regional development and local government minister, met for the first time on Thursday, less than 24 hours after being sworn in.
Mr Weatherill said it was important for the government to get quickly back to work.
“We want to hit the ground running,” he said.
“We have massive challenges ahead of us but we also have exciting opportunities.
“They need to be seized and we need to get cracking.”