Labor concedes South Australian election

Labor concedes South Australian election

Kerry Wise
March 19, 2018

Jay Weatherill, who served as the state's premier since 2011, on Sunday morning visited Government House to tender his resignation, saying he would also step down as leader of the party.

Meanwhile, Premier-elect Steven Marshall has promised a "new dawn" for South Australia following his party's victory.

When asked if he may pursue a future national role, Mr Weatherill said he has "zero ambitions to go into Federal Parliament".

"We know that more renewable energy means cheaper power, and that's why we have increased our renewable energy target to 75 per cent and also introduced a new renewable storage target of 25 per cent", Weatherill told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.

Nick Xenophon has been left to lick his wounds after a stunning failure to win any lower house seats at Saturday's South Australian state election, but he won't be making his way back to federal parliament.

"I've been in an unusual position where I'm doing it a bit back-to-front".

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Despite being the main focus during much of the campaign, the recently formed centrist SA-BEST party, led by former Federal Senator Nick Xenophon, failed to make a splash at the polls, receiving just 13.7 percent of the primary vote.

Polling booths are open across South Australia as a record number of voters decide the next government on Saturday in what many see as the most unpredictable election in the state's recent history.

"I'm proud of what we've done locally, but I'm really looking forward to being a good local member of Parliament", he said.

"It was a campaign in which I think Labor can hold its head up high", he said.

The Liberal Party claimed 24 seats in the election, while Labor and Independent MPs secured 18 and three respectively.

Support continues to slip for SA Best, according to The Australian's Newspoll, with the fledgling political party on 17 per cent, compared with the 32 per cent support it recorded late previous year.