Centralia needs to be explored: Lambert

January 14, 2019

An idea to create a super state by merging South Australia and the NT should be “seriously considered” , says the Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert.

The Advertiser reports, former deputy Prime Minister and one-time Nationals leader Tim Fischer agrees and reckons uniting the two has merit and would be great for economic development.

Mr Fischer also said a merger would capitalise on the transcontinental railway linking Adelaide and Darwin.

He is supporting recent comments from former NT Attorney-General John Elferink who said a new state of “Centralia” would have the resources to rival Western Australia and would help boost Australia’s trade with Asia.

“The opportunities for a new state that represents a third of the continent’s land mass with direct access to Asia are very real and merit serious consideration, particularly in the Asian century,” said Mr Elferink.

But with the Territory economy in crisis, the concept is unlikely to attract much interest in SA, especially from the current Liberal administration.

Australian Conservatives Senate candidate Rikki Lambert says the idea is an interesting one and not without merit.

He says SA Premier Steven Marshall should explore the proposal but only on South Australia’s terms.

At the moment, Mr Lambert says, the terms are not really attractive to SA and he told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa,“You have a jurisdiction that is effectively broke wanting to join a South Australian jurisdiction that is only just coming off of the dependence on state spending that we saw under Labor."

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