It’s great to be here this morning at the 8th Space Symposium with Karen Andrews who is a mechanical engineer and I’ve often said the Parliament needs more engineers and less lawyers because
that drives a structured approach to things like investment in space and
technology. Minister, can you tell the South Australian people what this means
for our state, particularly the announcement of our partnership with
NASA? Well there are so many space related things that are just happening right here in South Australia. And ultimately that’s going to lead to growing the South Australian economy, growing the Australian economy and creating more jobs. So we’ve just announced $150 million that will be injected into our young and emerging businesses, our established businesses to grow our space capability so that we can work alongside NASA on their Moon to Mars trip. So this is money for Australian businesses and Australia organizations to support the Moon to Mars missions. Minister, we’ve just heard this morning that Tyvak has announced the creation of a factory to manufacture ‘nano-sats’ here in South Australia and they are optimistic on the strength of their work in the US and Europe that they will grow that workforce fairly rapidly to up around 100 people. What are you seeing around the country
in terms of jobs being created right now as a result of this Government’s focus
on space? Well, we already have a space sector worth about $4 billion to the Australian economy and already employs 10,000 people, so the announcements that the Federal
Government has made, particularly over the last twelve months which are in the order now of about half a billion dollars, are really helping grow the space sector here in Australia. So, advanced manufacturing, the manufacture of nano satellites is already happening here. Robotics, automation is already happening here. All of the money that we are putting in is to grow Australian jobs.