SA builds support for submarines contract with European bidders

The South Australian Government and industry delegates will ramp up efforts to secure the Future Submarine contract and protect local jobs by lobbying bidders in Europe this week. Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith will visit Future Submarine bidders DCNS in France and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Germany along with likely contenders for Future Frigate…

South Australia’s largest ever trade delegation to China

Less than a fortnight out from the biggest trade mission in South Australian history, delegates met today to learn more about potential investment and trade opportunities. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith informed many of the 250 delegates at a pre-departure briefing. Delegates were provided business and cultural training to gain insights into the…

Trade Ministers focus on Free Trade Agreements at national meeting

Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith will strengthen South Australia’s export aspirations at the national Trade and Investment Ministers’ Meeting. The forum to be held in Hobart today will be chaired by Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and attended by state ministers, as well as senior trade and investment officers. Mr Hamilton-Smith…

Nepal Earthquake

Hansard Extract Ms COOK (Fisher) (14:56): My question is to the Minister for Investment and Trade. Could the minister please update the house on South Australia’s trade links into South-East Asia and assistance with relief efforts into Nepal? The Hon. M.L.J. HAMILTON-SMITH (Waite—Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence Industries, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) (14:56): I…

Vale Bill Schmitt AM

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith has paid tribute to Mr Bill Schmitt AM who died on Wednesday in the company of family and friends. Mr Schmitt turned 97 last month. He was a member of the 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, 7th Division, 2nd AIF, during the Second World War. “The thoughts of the veteran…

Export Partnership Program reform a success

Reforms to the State Government’s international support program announced in February have opened up new opportunities for South Australian exporters. The new Export Partnership Program provides 50:50 funding to eligible South Australian companies to pursue international market development opportunities. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith said that the first round of the new program…

Engagement with South East Asia strengthens following Minister’s visit

The foundation for a successful South Australian trade mission to South East Asia later this year has been set following Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith’s recent trip to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The week-long trip provided Mr Hamilton-Smith the opportunity to establish relationships with a number of key Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai government…

DSTO opens its doors to Australia’s innovation sector

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) will open its doors to Australia’s innovation sector, hosting their inaugural Partnerships Week at Edinburgh this week. The new initiative aims to strengthen DSTO’s relationships with industry and the research and development sector, to help deliver the best capability outcomes for Australia’s defence and national security. Minister for…

South Australia-China Engagement Strategy Two years on

South Australia has long appreciated the importance of China to our prosperity. This was evident as far back as 1986, when the South Australian Government entered a formal Sister-State relationship with Shandong Province. Next year will represent the 30th Anniversary of this historic achievement and I am pleased that the relationship with Shandong is growing…

Premium food and education the focus of Malaysian trade talks

Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith has met with executive committee members of the Malaysia Australia Business Council in Kuala Lumpur. As part of his week-long South East Asia trade mission the Minister discussed the South Australian Government’s plans for a business delegation to Malaysia to be led by the Premier later this year,…