Member for Finniss David Basham in his first term in government is now the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development

MAN ON THE LAND: David Basham is congratulated by his wife Kate on his rise into a Cabinet position during his first term as the elected Member for Finniss.
MAN ON THE LAND: David Basham is congratulated by his wife Kate on his rise into a Cabinet position during his first term as the elected Member for Finniss.

The expenses scandal which has engulfed the State Government has claimed three scalps with the resignations of Ministers Stephan Knoll, Tim Whetstone and David Ridgway.

But it has opened the door for Member for Finniss David Basham to be elevated to the Front Bench as Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the shake up of his new Ministry and the appointment of Mr Basham on July 28.

During his first term as the elected Member for Finniss, David Basham has been successful in gaining funding for important projects in the electorate.

These include $31 million for a new Causeway to Granite Island, $2.3 million for the Crozier Road/Torrens Street roundabout and funding for sporting and life saving clubs in the region.

"I am honoured to be asked to serve as Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development as part of the Marshall Liberal Government," Mr Basham said.

"I have a proud history in agriculture and recognise the importance of our regional communities to South Australia's economy.

"As we deal with the coronavirus pandemic our primary industries will be a critical part of our state's economic recovery and I look forward to getting on with the job of delivering for our regions."

Mr Basham owns a dairy farm at Tooperang and was president of the South Australian Dairyfarmers Association for many years.

Member for Finniss David Basham and Premier Steven Marshall on Granite Island.

Member for Finniss David Basham and Premier Steven Marshall on Granite Island.

Premier Steven Marshall said amid the greatest health and economic challenge, the new Cabinet is committed to implementing the government's strong plan to keep South Australians safe and in jobs and ensure the state emerged from the pandemic stronger than before.

"The team blends critical experience and stability in key portfolio areas, with talented new members who will bring a fresh perspective, energy, enthusiasm and skill sets to their roles," Mr Marshall said.

"This is a team who will provide the necessary stability and experience to continue our important work in keeping South Australians safe and strong during these incredibly challenging times.

"My new Cabinet brings together a wealth of experience and expertise in key portfolio areas, with some incredibly talented new Ministers who will add fresh energy, enthusiasm and skills to their roles.

"Together, we will continue to work tirelessly for the people of South Australia on the important work they elected us to do to create jobs, improve services and reduce household and business costs."

The Government is delivering: Strong protection to South Australians from COVID-19 to keep our community safe and businesses operating; A record $12.9 billion infrastructure spend, creating thousands of local jobs; Significant savings to businesses and families by slashing water bills and cutting taxes; The continued roll-out of the state's $1 billion economic stimulus package to support businesses, not-for-profits and local jobs impacted by COVID-19.

The new Ministry includes Member for Finniss David Basham to become the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development; current Speaker of the House Vincent Tarzia will join the Cabinet to become the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Member for Morphett Stephen Patterson will also be elevated to Cabinet to become the Minister for Trade and Investment.

This story Basham elevated to Cabinet Minister first appeared on The Times.

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