Federal Government continues to fuel uncertainty in submarines purchase

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government and the State Liberals that there will be a ‘competitive evaluation process’ has created further uncertainty surrounding the future of naval shipbuilding in Australia. Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said only a proper project definition study and a transparent competitive tender, which is contingent on construction occurring in…

Open project definition study on submarines doesn’t go far enough

The Federal Government’s commitment to an open project definition study to build Australia’s new fleet of submarines doesn’t guarantee local jobs. Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said he welcomed any step towards a transparent and competitive tender process, where every option is fully examined. “An open project definition study process will ensure that each…

Shifting South Australia’s time zone

South Australians will be asked to consider the merits of changing the State’s time-zone to either align with the eastern states or closer to Western Australia. Premier Jay Weatherill said a state-wide consultation process will be led by Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith and explore whether South Australia’s time-zone presents a barrier to…

South Australian companies strive for global export success

An award-winning animation studio, a Barossa Valley winery and a manufacturer in automation equipment are some of the businesses to win funding under the Gateway Business Program. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith said the funding is part of State Government’s commitment to assist small to medium-sized businesses access export markets. “Eight local businesses…

South Australian farmers to reap the benefits of Japan agreement

South Australian agribusiness is well positioned to take full advantage of the benefits offered by the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton Hamilton-Smith said Japan is an important trade partner and South Australia’s fourth biggest export market after China, USA and India. “In the 12 months to November 2014,…