The Liberals targeted Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock after polling by banks suggested Frome voters oppose Labor’s planned bank tax.
Candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson said Mr Brock “is joined at the hip with this chaotic Weatherill Labor government”
She spoke after the Australian Bankers Association commissioned polling of 2100 people in seven key seats on the question of the bank tax.
In Frome, Galaxy Research reported, 50 percent of voters were opposed to the tax while 31 percent backed it.
Mr Brock questioned the criteria for the research, saying an estimated 300 people out of 22,000 voters were surveyed in his electorate.
He hinted at division in Liberal ranks over the tax which is part of the state budget.
Mrs Jackson said that “by supporting the massive new tax, Mr Brock is inflicting more costs onto the families and businesses of Port Pirie”.
“Families and businesses are already grappling with the highest electricity prices in the world,” she said.
“The last thing they need is another tax. I have been out in the community and the message is clear; families and businesses need financial relief and greater job opportunities.
“The Marshall Liberal Team has committed to blocking the tax which is supported by Mr Brock.
“If elected in 2018, a Marshall Liberal government will also cut the Emergency Services Levy tax by $360 million in the next four years to put more money back into the pockets of South Australians.”
Mr Brock said only five people had approached him with concerns about the tax.
“I don’t comment on Galaxy polls. I listen to what people are saying out there,” he said.
“The federal Liberal government has imposed a bank tax far greater than this and I don’t hear Mrs Jackson making any comment about that.”
He urged businesses to take advantage of grants and schemes such as the Job Accelerator Fund.
“I want to see as many grants and opportunities out there for businesses as possible,” he said.
The Cabinet Minister said banks would be prevented from passing the cost of the tax onto customers.