The South Australian Government is planning to sell several major public buildings across Adelaide to reduce its debt.

The buildings include the Wakefield Street police station in Adelaide's CBD and the Netley Commercial Park at Richmond.

Offices at Woodville, Marion and Paradise used by Government departments including Families SA and SA Heath will also be sold.

The Government is seeking a real estate manager to sell the properties with tenders closing in three weeks.

Last month's mid-year budget review revealed the state's deficit had blown-out by a further $300 million to $1.169 billion.

The Opposition's deputy leader, Steven Marshall, says the sales are unlikely to reduce the growing debt and will only push up departmental running costs.

"It's very disappointing that the Government is now in a position where it's having to sell off the state silver just to pay the interest for a few months," he said.

"It's going to put up the cost of running every single Government department in the state because now they're going to be renting their buildings."

Mr Marshall says the move fits into a broader pattern of public asset sales by the Government.

"We've also seen the sale of the Lotteries Commission licence, we've seen the forward sale of the forestry rotations in the South East, unfortunately there's less and less now that the Government and the Treasurer can get their hands on," he said.

 

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