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South Australia commemorates 100th anniversary of First World War

On Monday, 4 August 2014 the world will commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War. “For Australians this is a momentous occasion,” Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith said. “The First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian and many of the impacts a... ... (Saturday, 02 August 2014)

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 Austra... ... (Thursday, 31 July 2014)

Defence Conference highlights urgency for naval shipbuilding decisions

A high-level Defence Conference held in Adelaide this week has reinforced the need for the Federal Government to make swift decisions about the future of naval shipbuilding. Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said the Defence and Industry Conference highlighted the need for a 30-y... ... (Wednesday, 30 July 2014)

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 applic... ... (Sunday, 27 July 2014)

SA to urge 30-year plan for Australian naval ship building at Senate inquiry

Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith will today use a Senate inquiry to urge the Australian Government to commit to a long-term program of naval shipbuilding to ensure the future of the local defence industry. The Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into the future sustain... ... (Monday, 21 July 2014)

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... ... (Wednesday, 16 July 2014)

Opportunities for South Australians to improve access to Japan's market

Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said today South Australian exporters have an opportunity to look at new ways to benefit from improved access to Japan’s market. Mr Hamilton-Smith said exporters should seize the opportunities presented by the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership A... ... (Tuesday, 15 July 2014)

South Australian exports outpace nation to record $12.4 billion

South Australia’s export growth has again outpaced the nation to hit a record high of $12.4 billion in the 12 months to May. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics trade figures show overseas goods exported from South Australia for the year to March 2014 grew by 14% year on year, outpacing the n... ... (Wednesday, 02 July 2014)

South Australian goods exports reach record highs

South Australian exports have reached a new high, growing to $12.3 billion in the 12 months to April. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith welcomed the new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “South Australian exporters are reaping the benefits of their hard work and... ... (Thursday, 05 June 2014)

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