Federal Government must rule out building submarines overseas

Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has called on the Federal Government to clearly rule out building submarines overseas and honour its pre-election promise to build the ships in Adelaide. Before the election (May 8, 2013), Defence Minister David Johnston stood at ASC and promised Australia’s Future Submarines would be built in Australia saying: “We will…

South Australian exports again exceed $12 billion

South Australia’s export performance has again topped the nation, growing 15% in the 12 months to June to $12.362 billion. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics trade figures also show overseas goods exported from South Australia have exceeded $1 billion for each of the past seven months. Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said South…

Cultana Training Area Expansion to boost regional economy

Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said today the five-fold expansion of the Australia Defence Force’s Cultana Training Area in the Upper Spencer Gulf will boost South Australia’s regional economy. Attending a ceremony in Whyalla to mark the granting of a lease by the South Australian Government to the ADF, Mr Hamilton-Smith said the much-anticipated…

Sharp increase in skilled business migration to South Australia

South Australia has become an increasingly attractive migration destination for entrepreneurs. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith told Parliament this sharp increase in business migration to South Australia in the past financial year follows additional funding to speed up application processing. “In 2013-14, 130 new business migrants nominated to relocate to South Australia which…

Steve Ludlam departs as chief executive of ASC

Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said today departing ASC chief executive officer Steve Ludlam has made a major contribution to the local naval shipbuilding industry. “Steve brought with him a wealth of experience,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said. “In almost five years at ASC, Steve has worked closely with both the Federal and State governments to…