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(Australian Associated Press)
The development of the Australian Space Agency is the key issue South Australian Premier Steven Marshall hopes will reach President Donald Trump at a meeting between the Australian and US leaders.
The premier and Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Canberra on Wednesday ahead of Mr Morrison’s departure later this week.
Mr Marshall said he would brief Mr Morrison on the smart satellite cooperative research centre currently being set-up in Adelaide.
“This is a massive, massive growth sector,” he told reporters in Canberra.
“We already have massive interest from US firms.
“We’ve got three or four new start-ups already based in Adelaide focused on accelerating our interest in this important area.”
The $245 million research centre aims to expand Australia’s space industry to $12 billion and create an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030.
The premier said he would also meet with Defence Minister Linda Reynolds with a view to ensure Collins class submarine maintenance stays in South Australia.
“South Australia has been the home of the Collins class since its inception, and we’ve done a great job,” he said.
“I plan to put forward a very compelling offer to make sure that the full cycle docking work continues in South Australia for a very long period of time.”
A decision is expected to be made in the coming months on whether 700 shipyard jobs will stay in South Australia or shift to Western Australia.
Mr Marshall said he was confident his state had the capability to support the work.
“Defence SA, the state government have worked together to develop a comprehensive skills workforce development plan for South Australia,” he said.
“We’ve already committed big dollars to making sure we have the workforce necessary to not only build but sustain a massive maritime opportunity for this country.”