Conservatives win South Australian state election after 16 years in opposition

Conservatives win South Australian state election after 16 years in opposition

Labor had been in power for 16 years, but Mr Weatherill's administration faced a number of troubles in the past term, including the 2016 power blackout and a damning report into abuse at the Oakden aged-care facility. "Thank you for your support". "Because I think we're going to see some very interesting things happening".

Speaking at a party to the chants of his own name, Premier-elect Marshall confirmed that Weatherill called him to concede defeat. SA-BEST failed to gain a single seat, and Mr Xenophon will now be without a seat in State parliament for the first time since 1997.

"Now, we have been given a wonderful opportunity by the people of South Australia".

"I'm extraordinarily grateful to every person in the team".

"I said this before, it is a little bit like a football team - you can't all be the centre-half-forward, you can't all kick the goals".

Mr Tarzia was shadow cabinet secretary in the Liberal Opposition.

"They have spoken in favour of our policies, which support affordable and reliable energy, which will ensure we can meet our Paris commitments and at the same time ensure we can keep the lights on and indeed afford to keep the lights on".

"The Labor Party's got plenty of fantastic choices of leader".

Apologising that he "couldn't bring home another victory", Mr Weatherill said he felt like "one of those horses that has won four Melbourne Cups".

"We've really got some great new talent coming into the we've got to make room for them as well". "Labor gave our all in this 2018 election campaign, but we have fallen short of an historic fifth term", he wrote.

The ABC has projected the Liberals will win at least 25 seats, one more than the 24 needed to secure a majority government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed the Liberals' South Australian election victory as an endorsement of his national energy policy, while Labor is seizing on a Victorian by-election victory to claim political momentum.

Labor is likely to win 18 seats - a respectable result after its lengthy period in power.

The next test will be the Victorian state election in November, unless there are further federal by-elections from the dual-citizenship fiasco or in the unlikelihood Turnbull bites the bullet and goes for an early election.

Liberal senator Simon Birmingham tweeted details on Sunday of a new drink on the menu of a city cafe - The Marshall 2.0, a blend of banana, pineapple, spinach and passionfruit pulp.

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