During the leaders debate in South Africa, politicians asked some strange X-rated questions.
At this leaders debate, South Australia's top politicians were ready to face the music, but they weren't prepared for this X-rated issue.
During a leaders debate in South Australia, politicians were asked an unusual, X-rated question.
Premier Steven Marshall and Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas were asked if there were "any orgies in question time" in front of a crowd at the Adelaide Convention Centre and a live audience on Facebook.
During the 30-minute Q&A, opinion writer and journalist Tory Shepherd, who MC'd the SA Press Club debate, asked the issue.
She started, "I've got a short yes or no (question) for both of you."
“Are there any orgies in the state legislature during question time?”
Both leaders, who appeared to be taken aback by the remark, quickly responded with a resounding "no."
“I just thought we'd better get it out there,” Ms Shepherd answered. It's likely it'll come up later.”
Mr Marshall chuckled as he looked at the MC and said, "Really."
Questions were also asked about the state's COVID-19 answer, employment, and health-care system.
Mr Malinauskas, representing Labor, said unequivocally that Australia was the best place to be due to its response to COVID-19.
However, he stressed the importance of being open and frank about the magnitude of the task ahead.
Mr Malinauskas said, "The truth is, our state begins at the bottom of the pack."
“By a long shot, we have the country's worst labor market in nearly any ABS metric.”
“We came out of COVID with the country's lowest unemployment rate, and we went into COVID with the country's worst unemployment rate.
“South Africa does not need a premier to return us to our previous state. We need a prime minister who can get us to where we want to go.”
Mr Marshall shot down Mr Malinauskas' claims, saying that South Australia was "heading in the right direction" and that he was "very optimistic about the state's future."
“The (ABS numbers) fluctuate, and the ABS has given alerts about how unpredictable the statistics are right now,” he explained.
“According to the Pay As You Go figures, we have more people working and higher incomes than we did before COVID.”
The Premier recalled how his Liberal government delivered a $4 billion economic boost at the pandemic's peak, how his administration created an additional 33,000 internships and traineeships, and highlighted upcoming ventures in the Defense and space sectors.
He reiterated the party's commitment to creating "more employment, lower costs, and better services," as he promised three years ago when he was elected.
Mr Marshall said, "We are working with the Commonwealth to make this (space) a $12 billion industry by 2030, employing 20,000 Australians."
In March 2022, the next state election will be held.