It’s now been 100 days since Premier Steven Marshall’s full Cabinet was sworn in, delivering South Australia its first Liberal Government after 16 years of Labor.
But it’s probably not the first time you’ve heard that number.
Why is the 100-day deadline a big deal?
Basically, because the Premier made it a big deal.
He made a number of promises, and gave himself 100 days to deliver on them, but Mr Marshall isn’t the first politician to give himself a 100-day deadline.
Franklin D. Roosevelt brought the 100-day deadline to prominence. (Credit: Library of Congress)
As American history buffs might know, the first leader to make such a promise was Franklin D. Roosevelt — the 32nd US president.
Taking power in the midst of the Great Depression, Roosevelt wanted to move quickly to implement measures to get his country back on its feet.
Since then it’s been an important benchmark in US politics.
Like Roosevelt, Mr Marshall wants to communicate a message of economic change.
He might not be a US president, and South Australia’s woes are nowhere near the lows of the Great Depression, but Mr Marshall’s election mantra was “a strong plan for real change” and much of that change was focused on the economic sphere.
Steven Marshall with newly sworn-in Cabinet on the lawns of Government House. (ABC News: Nick Harmsen)
Cutting payroll tax and other red tape he said was hindering the state’s economy were among his top priorities.
But there is some dispute about when the 100 days were up.
One question asked in political circles has been when exactly is the cut off for the Marshall Government to deliver on its promises.
Steven Marshall tweet: Today marks our first #100days in government. We’ve ticked off on key election promises to create more #SAJobs, lower costs and deliver better services to the people of #SouthAustralia. We’ll keep building on what we’ve started. #Delivering
It could be said the timer started ticking the day it was elected, or from the day Mr Marshall was sworn in as Premier.
That’s certainly the day Labor wants to hold the Government to, putting out a press release to say how many promises the Government had failed to deliver.
But the State Government has said its first 100 days officially started when its full Cabinet was sworn in, because that was the day its ministers could start doing their jobs.
That means time’s up on June 30.
What exactly did he promise?
The first 100-day plan is quite a long list.
It includes fairly minor and procedural items like meetings with executives on the first day and announcing the first session of Parliament.
But it also includes elements of almost all of the Liberals’ big ticket promises like reopening the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital, and changing laws to allow public hearings involving the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.
Premier Steven Marshall listens as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the Future Frigates plan. (ABC News)
Did he keep all his promises?
Many of the key promises are open ended, such as “initiate the process to re-open operating theatres on the Repat site”, so as long as the Government has at least started work on them, it can say it has met those targets.
But one key promise that hasn’t quite made it in time is the introduction of legislation to deregulate shop trading hours.
Drafting the laws has proved complicated, with the Government planning a bill which will replace current laws.
The Premier has promised to push ahead with the plan, and introduce it into Parliament next week, despite a lack of support in the Legislative Council.
But he has plenty of time to pursue his agenda. So far it’s 100 days down, 996 days until the next election.