When I was first elected as Member for Giles in 2014 I did not know in full what to expect.
Like many things in life it turned out to be a mix of the good and the bad.
The good was meeting many different people throughout the large electorate of Giles from very diverse backgrounds and listening to their concerns and ideas and, at times, helping to make a positive difference.
One of the other good things, usually beyond the interest of the metropolitan media because it lacked colour, movement and conflict, was the way the various parties often worked together on the parliamentary committees on which I sat to reach a consensus.
A very positive highlight was the leadership provided by the state government when confronting the Arrium crisis and on that issue there is more work to be done and I look forward to a bi-partisan approach.
One of the frustrating elements was the political point scoring especially when it came at the expense of the longer term public good.
I acknowledge that the boundary between holding a government to account by the opposition and cheap point scoring can be a blurred one but we should as politicians make a greater effort to concentrate on the substantive issues.
We are fortunate to live in a country were governments come and go in a peaceful manner on the say so of electors.
We should not take that for granted especially given some of the trends that are starting to flow globally and to a lesser extent, in Australia – trends that include various forms of authoritarian populism.
A vibrant democracy encourages dissent, dialogue and deliberation as the foundation of decision making.
No country is perfect but we are fortunate to live in an open society that can tackle the challenges we face.
A number of reports are now painting a far more positive economic picture about South Australia and it is clear that we have turned the corner.
We now just need some decent rain.
I wish the new state government well but also wish to be back in government in four years and the good thing about that – it will be up to the people of our state.
Member for Giles