The State Liberals have labelled Premier Weatherill’s belated concerns about the price of food and drinks at the Adelaide Oval as sheer hypocrisy.
“Jay Weatherill has jacked up his ESL tax on Adelaide Oval by more than 800 per cent since he was returned to office in 2014,” said Shadow Minister for cost of Living Corey Wingard.
“The increase in Jay Weatherill’s ESL tax from just $40,000 in 2014 to $375,000 last year feeds directly into the prices of food and drink at the Adelaide Oval.
“The Weatherill Government is also responsible for the surging cost of electricity and the ruinous cost of water in South Australia both of which are driving up the cost of food and drinks at the Adelaide Oval.
“Rather than suggesting he is going to ‘investigate’ the price of food and drinks at Adelaide Oval Jay Weatherill should immediately re-instate the ESL remission.
“Putting $90 million back into the pockets of all South Australians will deliver immediate cost of living relief to everyone.
“It is a concrete measure to make going to the cricket more affordable and it’s in the Premier’s power to deliver it today.
“Consider that Jay Weatherill also levies a transport tax on tickets sold for major events at the Oval.
“This fun tax feeds into the price of tickets for major events at the Adelaide Oval.
“Jay Weatherill is shedding crocodile tears when he pretends to be concerned about the price of food and drinks at the Adelaide Oval.”