Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Stephen Pallaras QC, is launching his own political party, named Real Change SA, and has revealed his priorities as a candidate at the upcoming state election, The Advertiser reports.
Mr Pallaras, who served as the state’s top prosecutor from 2005 until 2012, will run as an independent candidate in the Legislative Council after he was told by the Labor Party the preselection process had already been finalised.
Drawing on his legal background, Mr Pallaras will run on a platform of improving domestic violence services, care and housing of the elderly and the state of the health system, as well as areas of law reform.
“I had to actually decide do I want to do it badly enough or just talk about it and I decided I did want to do it badly enough,” Mr Pallaras told the newspaper.
“I think South Australia has a lot to offer, it’s a great state, but there are many things that need fixing.
“There are things that we can do and what bugs me most is that nobody’s actually doing anything about them.”
Mr Pallaras said that, in order to register the party with the SA Electoral Commission, he needed 200 people to sign up as members by the end of the week, which marks six months until the election.
He said on Wednesday he had collected about half of the required signatures.
Source: The Advertiser.