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Liberal Backbenchers Speak Against Bus Cuts

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Backbench Liberals in the Adelaide Hills have gone public with their concerns about Premier Steven Marshall’s plan for the biggest cuts to public transport in SA  history.

The State Government is poised to make huge changes to services later this year with a number of cuts to buses and bus stops and the introduction of more 'GoZones' in metro Adelaide.

A number of members of the Liberal party have encouraged constituents to speak against their party's proposed changes in the past week as the State Government engages with the community in its public consultation.

Liberal Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan, has created a petition and has posted on his Facebook page, calling for the cut to the 841F, the only direct bus between Nairne and Adelaide, to be reversed. 

Liberal Member for Davenport Steven Murray has written a letter to his constituents flagging he is willing to oppose the cuts “vigorously and publicly” and independent member Sam Duluk (former Liberal) has posted on his Facebook page, regarding community concerns about the cutting of the 195,196 and 197X bus services through Blackwood and Belair.

Shadow Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the trio have nobody to blame but themselves, given they were part of the party room that supported the $46 million worth of public transport cuts.

"Cuts have consequences and the consequences are less services...now these same Liberals expect their weak leader Steven Marshall to backflip," Mr Koutsantonis said.

"Either these Liberals are intimately involved in the government, or merely passive observers."

Public consultation on the proposed changes is open until July 31 on the DPTI website with cuts to come into effect later this year. If you need help to fill in the survey or would like to post your feedback please call 1300 577 720 (Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm). You can also send your feedback via email.

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