September 15, 2021 – 5:25PM
Former Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras QC is launching his own political party ahead of the upcoming state election.
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.
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 already had been finalised.
Drawing on his legal background, Mr Pallaras has identified the low conviction rate among sexual crimes as a priority if elected as an MP.
He 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.
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.
Former director of public prosecutions Stephen Pallaras QC has announced he will contest the upcoming state election. Picture: Matt Turner
He said on Wednesday he had collected about half of the required signatures.
Mr Pallaras, pictured, said he approached Labor but did not sound out the Liberals.
There was also speculation about his political intentions in the lead-up to the 2018 state election.
“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 eno-ugh,” Mr Pallaras said.