by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Special guests on 5 THE FM’s morning show with Rebekah Lowe today (Wednesday) was Leader of the SA Liberal Party Steven Marshall and Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams. Mr Marshall included 5THE FM in his round-the-state regional tour which included Port MacDonnell and Mt Gambier Tuesday, followed by Millicent and Beachport today.
Mr Marshall spoke with Rebekah about the importance of regional areas and insisted that even though the area is considered a safe seat, it is no reason for the needs and concerns of the communities to be overlooked and he intends to return soon to keep in touch with the south east.
Among topics discussed was the recent state election, the coming state budget, the Federal Government’s recent budget, regional health issues, potential unconventional mining and his reasons for becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador.
His stand on fracking is one of protection, he said, protection of the natural water resources of the South East, which if damaged would affect not only the South East but the whole of the state, because this region is one of huge economic contribution. He will personally attend briefings shortly by the EPA on potential dangers and he will make no decision in favour of this process if there is any chance of damaging the water table, he said.
Mr Marshall answered questions submitted by listeners and accepted that the recent Federal Budget was a tough one but, there had to be a time when someone did something about it, and that’s what the budget is aimed at doing, reducing the debt, he said.
“Small business is the backbone of the state,” said Mr Marshall and processes must be made simpler to support people working in small business.
Mr Marshall was presented with a portfolio of reports on the local health system and unconventional mining.
Mr Marshall accepted 5THE FM’s invitation to attend the stations 21st birthday celebration dinner later this year and congratulated the station on the excellent studio and facility as a whole; and the community for supporting community radio.
The audio of the full interview with Liberal Leader Steven Marshall on 5THE FM is available on the link below.