I agree with JaP's list of proposed safeguards. I also strongly believe that every candidate for office should be required to publish a standard questionnaire on his opinions on controversial issues, and a complete list of his business and other public interests.
This is a fair idea, freedom of information in South Australia is currently a complete joke. My demand from 14 months ago for all information relating to the competition for the EMU procurement contract has still not even been acknowledged, let alone fulfilled.
In some European countries certain election pledges are legally binding, and if the Prime Minister does not make all reasonable efforts to implement them they can be dismissed by the head of state (i.e. a president, monarch or monarch's vice-regent) and an election called or another coalition of parties invited to form a government.
I would add the abolishment of the Adelaide City Council and mergers between suburban local governments (for fewer larger councils) to everything I already posted - and possibly the temporary return of capital punishment for a couple of the current councillors. The ACC has forgotten that they are the custodians of the capital city which belongs to the whole state, and the current arrangements there are somewhat less democratic than the Crimean Secession referendum!
Easy, none as the state has no money except what comes from the feds and the feds are not going to give any money for public transport.
I wouldn't quite say none, but the coming years are going to be tough for SA regardless of who got to make the trip across King William Road to see Admiral Scarce.
Labor it is - another four years of Weatherill.
I would be surprised if he lasted four years, keeping control of the whip with absolutely no margin for error will be tough work. Even if he keeps the whip, there's always the problem of The Faceless Men (South Australian Labor is dominated by the shoppes' union and their top fat cats Don Farrell and Peter Malinauskas) replacing him with a fresher face if his personal popularity drops badly. He'll be well aware of that, since it was of course how he got the job when Rann and Foley were deposed.
The thing that's dominated the comments section is that Geoff Brock left a voice-mail for Steve Marshall telling him that he had decided to go with Weatherill, many people saying he should have waited till he got called back to break the bad news.
Tough call on that bit, but I think Brock got it right. Both independents have done an outstanding job of actively
taking steps to avoid encouraging a ridiculous media circus as bad as the aftermath of the 2010 Federal election, and that alone has raised my opinion of both as men who were worthy of taking on such a significant responsibility.
It's not been said officially, but I suspect Bob's cancer has returned, or he's had some otherwise bad news along that line. Not good, and I wish him well.
It looks to me like he had a significant appointment scheduled during the last week once the election campaign was up, and the timescale currently being talked about (2-3 months) is about right for a course of chemo and radio treatment. Hopefully he'll be back at his best not long after, whether that be in parliament or (like the controversial central character of a documentary I watched last night) going off to win a whole lot of bike races after recovering.
The silver lining from this is that it is yet another example of the outstanding amount of respect Australian politicians have for each other despite their battles in their 'business' arena. The acknowledgement by Christopher Pyne of the important personal support he received from Kevin Rudd during his wife's difficult pregnancy is the best example I can think of - primarily a great example because it involved two of the most combative politicians in the history of Australia!