Ellis backs plan to recall of SA Parliament
Updated: Jan 17, 2022
SA Member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis, has called for parliament to return in South Australia after Premier Steven Marshall quashed the idea last week.
The Premier declared emphatically last week that there would be no recall of parliament prior to the state election in March.
Speaking on Flow FM Australia this morning, Ellis stated that uncertainty in the community in the face of the latest Covid outbreak is a sufficient enough reason for parliament to return.
“Obviously we’ve had somewhat of an explosion of [Covid-19] cases," said Mr Ellis.
"We’ve been inundated with questions here in the Narungga office about RAT [rapid antigen] tests, about PCR tests, about vaccines for kids and all sorts of things that I would like to put to the decision-makers.
“The best place to do that would be in parliament, so I’d be in favour of the government calling parliament back.”
South Australia's parliament was adjourned in early December last year, with all MPs and staff being directed to avoid in-person meetings after former premier Jay Weatherill tested positive for COVID-19.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone disagreed with Ellis, stating that politicians are in a better position to serve the community if they are out in the community.
“I personally think that we’re better off out in our communities, giving out the information,” said Whetstone.
“It’s about spreading that word, making sure the people understand all the information they need and I’d have to say that my office has been absolutely run off their feet.”
“We need to have that steady stream of information flowing so that people can feel that they are getting the information they need, that they are getting their questions answered.”