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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister jets to Canberra to back-in Queensland’s growing defence industry

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Minister jets to Canberra to back-in Queensland’s growing defence industry

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick has made a flying visit to Canberra for the Australian Defence Magazine Congress 2018 in a bid to further shore up Queensland’s defence industry future. 

    The Minister this morning addressed the ADM conference, one of the largest defence conferences in Australia.

    Participants include industry heavyweights and senior Federal Government representatives, including Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.

    The event is sponsored by Rheinmetall Defence Australia, which is currently bidding for the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to build its Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in Queensland.

    Minister Dick said it was crucial Queensland was front and centre for defence industry conferences to drive home the message that Queensland is armed and ready to fight for game-changing defence contracts like LAND 400.

    “As the Minister for State Development, building our defence manufacturing industry is at the top of my priority list,” he said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting and expanding our state’s defence industry, and we want that message to resonate loud and clear among industry and government representatives who can help make that growth a reality.

    “Our state’s combination of innovative industry, strong workforce skills, progressive economy, government support and geographic location make us the natural home to supply defence’s needs, from LAND400 to other projects and beyond.

    “Queensland is already home to the largest air force base and largest army base in the country, as well as more than a quarter of Australian Defence Force personnel.

    “Internationally, we’re strategically positioned at the gateway of the Asia-Pacific, and have strong relationships with many of the region’s fast-growing countries.”

    “We want to encourage industry leaders and potential investors to tap into Queensland’s existing industry capability and expertise, and we need to be in the room and at the table with them to show we are dedicated to achieving this end.”

    Minister Dick said Queensland also boasts diverse and innovative defence suppliers across the state, providing strong local supply chain opportunities.

    “Queensland is rapidly establishing itself as a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and has a well-established culture of defence procurement and maintenance,” he said.

    “Our manufacturing industry employs 169,000 people, equipped with the skills needed to deliver the next generation of major, high-tech defence projects, and we want to see them utilised.” 

    With the Federal Government’s decision on the LAND 400 campaign imminent, Minister Dick again reiterated the Palaszczuk Government’s partnership with Rheinmetall to bring the LAND 400 contract to Queensland and the benefits that await if the RDA bid is successful.

    “Should Rheinmetall be successful, it will deliver 450 direct, full-time jobs for Queenslanders each year across the life of the contract, and hundreds more along the extensive supply chain needed to support the project,” he said.

    “Our government convinced Rheinmetall to pick Queensland – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Coalition Government now needs to pick Rheinmetall.

    “This project will mean investment in Queensland and jobs for Queenslanders, and we look forward to the Turnbull Government’s pending decision.”

    ENDS 

    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039