SA budget shifted to avoid federal election

By David Donaldson

May 9, 2016

The South Australian government will delay the delivery of its budget until after the federal election.

The budget will now be handed down on Thursday July 7, Premier Jay Weatherill announced on Monday — two weeks later than its originally scheduled June 23.

“We want clear air for what we think is a very important budget and we think that it will just be lost in the lead up to the federal election,” the Premier said.

SA isn’t the only state to have altered its budget date to work around the Commonwealth. Victoria moved its big day forward by a week after the federal government decided to go a week earlier to allow time to call a mid-year election.

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