South Australia votes 2018: Who’s who and who’s promised what in MacKillop


RICHARD BATEMAN, Australian Conservatives: The Australian Conservatives have today announced that their candidate for MacKillop will be Richard Bateman, and they call on voters to closely examine what all candidates have to offer. Mr Bateman is an agriculturalist, farmer and businessman based in the South East of South Australia, who wants to ensure country people and country businesses have the strongest voice possible in parliament. Read on

JON EY, Independent: In a lifetime that has seen him go from Penola to Pembroke to Perth to Penola again, Jon Ey is nothing but not adaptable. “I want to shake things up a bit – I’m not going to toe the party line,” he says of his campaign as an independent candidate. Read on

TRACY HILL, SA Best: The woman from Meningie, who has an extensive history in small business and local politics, has been chosen by SA Best as its MacKillop candidate for the upcoming state election. “I’m not a career politician – I’m a community member who’s put their hand up and said, ‘I want to have good outcomes for South Australia, and MacKillop’.” Read on

NICK McBRIDE, Liberals: If Nick McBride seems ubiquitous in MacKillop, it’s because he’s been on the campaign trail since last March.  “It’s been both rewarding and gruelling,” Mr McBride said of his months-long tour of MacKillop. Read on

DONELLA PETERS, The Greens: Ms Peters previously stood for the Greens in the 2014 election, and while there hasn’t been an official press release announcing her intention to run, her candidacy has been announced via the SA Greens website. Read on

HILARY WIGG, Labor: This is Ms Wigg’s first time standing for MacKillop, and she is yet to respond to media enquiries about her campaign. However as an SA Labor candidate, she will be fighting for a $150 million regional development fund, to be spent over 10 years, indexed with inflation.


  • After accessing FOI documents, the Australian Conservatives are demanding answers as to why Labor has created a “backlog of billions” in regards to delayed regional road repairs. Richard Bateman, who is standing for the Australian Conservatives in the seat of MacKillop, is concerned about how our roads are affecting our economic productivity. Read on
  • Children as young as five are being forced to get drugs for their parents, those aged 11 and 12 are using ice themselves, and the problem is only getting worse, defiant Murray Bridge residents say. SA Best leader Nick Xenophon, who visited Murray Bridge late February, demand that South Australia's next government halve the rate of ice use in the state within two years. Read on
  • Health professionals and skilled volunteers will be recruited, trained and developed to address gaps in the health workforce in regional South Australia under a $20 million plan from the State Liberals. Read on
  • The Liberals have criticised the SA government over their failure to make sure residents had adequate mobile coverage during the Sherwood fire, and mobile blackspots in the locality generally. Read on


  • South Australian rural and regional residents often say that the state’s politics stops at the Tollgate or Port Wakefield Road. So, here is your chance to hear the five major parties speak about rural issues such as health, education, energy, council rate capping and royalties for regions. WATCH Debate No.1 here


  • The Wirrega WAB’s Meet the Candidates forum at the Bordertown Civic Centre was billed as a non-partisan civil discussion, there was no love lost between certain parties. Bearing the brunt of the attacks by the assembled candidates – Liberal Nick McBride, Independent Jon Ey and Australian Conservatives’ Richard Bateman – was the Labor government, with their city-centric thinking and bloated bureaucracy frequently coming under fire. Read on


  • The Australian Conservatives Party are determined to fight for regional issues this election, with the motto “Make MacKillop Matter” and policies that focus on rural electorates. Speaking about the candidate the party has chosen to represent MacKillop, Richard Bateman, Robert Brokenshire MLC said he was the best man for the job due to his understanding of the regional community.Read on
  • Forestry has become a hot topic in the state election after a survey by ReachTEL conducted this month found that two out of three voters intended to vote for a party and/or candidate that best supports the forest industries. Read on


Check out the interactive map to determine the state of play across South Australia before polling day 2018.