Апреля 23 2018

Jay Weatherill to stand down as Labor leader after SA election loss

Апреля 23 2018, 08:59 | Alonzo Simpson

Labor Premier Jay Weatherill talks to a supporter on the final day of the campaign. AAP

Labor Premier Jay Weatherill talks to a supporter on the final day of the campaign

Across the state, SA Best polled only about 14 per cent of primary votes, but Mr Xenophon said his candidates are still a chance in the seats of Finniss and Heysen.

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.

"Connie and Frank will be in the Legislative Council for the next eight years fighting day in and day out on a whole range of issues to ensure the government is truly accountable to the people of South Australia".

Mr Xenophon said he was considering taking legal action against Premier-elect Steven Marshall for having suggested he had done a deal with Labor.

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.

Mr Xenophon was trying to make the best of the election result.

In his concession speech on Saturday night, Weatherill said he was "sorry" that he "couldn't bring home another victory" but was proud of what the party had accomplished in its four terms in government.

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The former senator also looks to have been defeated in his campaign to win the seat of Hartley, but said the seat is "lineball" and has held off on conceding.

Steven Marshall told an ABC reporter: 'We have been confident for a while. "We can't turn back now".

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

"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.

They pointed to the swing against the Liberal Party and to Labor's apparent retention of potentially all of its heartland seats despite the party's extended period in office and despite the spirited challenge from the SA Best phenomenon.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered his congratulations to Mr Marshall.

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