State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will head to Canberra tomorrow for two days to proactively discuss economic and job opportunities for South Australia with the Federal Government.
Mr Marshall will lobby the Federal Government for South Australia to be involved in the submarines (SEA 1000), armoured vehicles (Land 400) and patrol boats (SEA 3036) defence contracts.
“As part of a recent trip, I visited the shipyards of DCNS in France and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Germany to promote South Australia’s defence workforce and skills capabilities,” said Mr Marshall.
“Both companies indicated a willingness to partner with the ASC to build submarines in Australia.”
Mr Marshall will also lobby the Federal Government for funding to build urgently needed productive infrastructure, including the Northern Connector road and Strezelecki Track.
“Following on from news that BHP Billiton is cutting 380 jobs at Olympic Dam, it is important that we begin proactively discussing economic opportunities for South Australia, rather than attacking companies who continue to employ thousands of South Australians,” said Mr Marshall.
“South Australia is also facing the closure of the Port Augusta power stations, Leigh Creek coal mine and Holden.
“South Australians need leadership and a change in economic policy and direction.
"The Weatherill Labor Government cannot afford to be asleep at the wheel as major employers in South Australia shed jobs."