The State Government’s Productivity Commission is a step closer with today’s appointment of Dr Matthew Butlin to the position of Chair and Chief Executive Officer for a term of two years.
The South Australian Productivity Commission will be established with the Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission on 22 October, with direct responsibility for the Office designated to the Premier.
“We are following through with this key election commitment to establish the SA Productivity Commission, which will operate as an advisory body tasked with assisting the State Government to drive vital economic reform in South Australia,” said Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“The Marshall Government is pleased to announce today that Dr Matthew Butlin will head up the Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission following his appointment as Chair being signed off by the Governor today.
“Dr Butlin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chair, with a lengthy career consulting and advising on red tape reduction and regulatory reform across the private and public sectors.
“The Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission’s staff and budget will include the transfer of the Simpler Regulation Unit from within the Department of Treasury and Finance.
“Productivity reforms are crucial to ensuring South Australia’s long-term economic growth and continued employment growth.”
The South Australian Productivity Commission will be set up through administrative arrangements after ‘unreasonable, unworkable and untenable’ amendments to the establishing legislation were insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers in the Legislative Council.
“It was our clear preference for parliament to pass the South Australian Productivity Commission Bill, which would have established through legislation a transparent and accountable model,” said Mr Lucas.
“However, due to a raft of amendments insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers, which would have seen non-government members in the Legislative Council being able to force inquiries onto the Productivity Commission at their discretion was simply untenable.
“No Productivity Commission in Australia operates like that, and that’s why the Marshall Government will establish the South Australian Productivity Commission administratively.”