The Times asked each candidate for the seat of Mayo for a 200-word response to the question: What is the biggest health/aged care-related issue facing Mayo? What will you and your party do to address it?
SASKIA GERHARDY - AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
Over the last six years under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government, South Australia's share of federal infrastructure funding has fallen to perilously low levels. At one point, despite having 7 per cent of the national population, we were receiving only 2 per cent of federal infrastructure funding.
Even in the most recent budget we get only a small increase in the next four years with the bulk of new spending well off on the horizon, requiring South Australians to re-elect the Liberals twice before investment would materialise!
Only a Labor government will fund the infrastructure South Australia needs and at the levels South Australia deserves. The biggest project will be the final stage of the north-south corridor, which will provide enormous benefits to many Mayo residents who commute to the city for work. Labor will fast-track this project with extra money so that commuters can benefit sooner.
Our budget repair measures will also mean we will have much more opportunity to support regional roads upgrades. Labor has a strong record of investing in South Australia.
The former Labor Government tripled annual investment in the State's infrastructure from $109 to $273 per South Australian. And we will do again if elected.
REBEKHA SHARKIE - CENTRE ALLIANCE
South Australia has 11 per cent of Australia's local roads and 7 per cent of its population, but only receives 5.5 per cent of federal local roads funding, so it has been a priority for me as the local MP and a South Australian MP to make sure our community and our state secures the funding we need to make our roads safer.
I managed to negotiate the reinstatement of Supplementary Road Funding for South Australia to account for this inequity, and this funding was recently secured for another two years in the federal budget.
However, if re-elected, my priority will be to secure a permanent commitment from the government so that SA does not have to keep going cap in hand to the minister every few years.
According to the community feedback I have received over the past few years, the people of Mayo have prioritised the upgrading Victor Harbor Road with additional overtaking lanes in the short-term between Mount Compass and Victor Harbor, improving sections of Alexandrina Road to make it safer and finalising the Main South Road duplication, including intersections that incorporate the designs of the Main South Road Action Group and with cycling infrastructure.
I have been persistent in my advocacy for these projects.
GEORGINA DOWNER - LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
Good infrastructure is essential for a thriving community and since 2013 the Coalition has delivered many tens of millions of dollars' worth of infrastructure in Mayo.
This includes more than $20 million for the South Eastern Freeway, $10 million for the Kingscote Airport, $7.5 million for the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre, and many millions for sports clubs such as the Willunga Recreation Park and Yankalilla Bowling Club, community organisations, improved mobile and broadband coverage, and black spots along local roads such as Goolwa Road, Inman Valley Road and Alexandrina Road.
I attended the opening of the new Victor Harbor RSL and Football Club facility, built with a substantial financial contribution from the Liberal Government and in April it was wonderful to welcome the Morrison Government's announcement of $73.6 million towards Stage One of the Victor Harbor Road Duplication. I will keep advocating for more investment in safer roads in Mayo, in particular duplicating the remaining part of the Victor Harbor Road.
The Morrison Government will spend $100 billion on new or upgraded infrastructure over the next 10 years.
This is possible thanks to the Liberals' sound economic management.
ANNE BOURNE - THE GREENS
Decades of neglect mean major upgrades are urgently required to our transport infrastructure, including roads and public transport.
Public transport is a key infrastructure issue in Mayo, and must be addressed to ensure our whole community has access to safe, reliable and affordable transport options.
The Greens acknowledge the importance of regional road networks and reliable public transport for communities to access employment, education and health services and to support economic development in regional areas. The Greens' focus is on road funding that prioritises safety and blackspots.
Only one per cent of federal funding is going into public transport. The Greens would prioritise public transport funding to connect regional centres with capital cities and each other, by introducing a dedicated public transport investment fund of $25 billion.
Our focus is on developing a nationwide approach to clean energy infrastructure; a world-class public transport system, high-speed rail connecting interstate capitals and major regional centres, inter-regional rail and bus networks servicing passengers and freight and nationwide coverage of electric vehicle charging facilities.
For information about the Greens approach to Planning and Transport visit - https://greens.org.au/policies
UNITED AUSTRALIA PARTY - MICHAEL CANE
Michael Cane did not respond to The Times' requests by the time of publication.
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY - HELEN DOWLAND
Helen Dowland did not respond to The Times' requests by the time of publication.