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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Premier evokes Maroon spirit to secure armoured vehicle contract for Qld

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    Premier evokes Maroon spirit to secure armoured vehicle contract for Qld

    The Palaszczuk Government is already in full battle mode to secure an Australian Defence Force contract for new armoured vehicles to build and maintain vehicles in Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government has been engaged with the two companies, shortlisted by the Federal Government, for the Land 400 contract in a bid for Queensland, worth up to $5 billion and hundreds of jobs.

    This includes a flying visit in May by Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham to visit the manufacturing facility of Rheinmetall Defence in Germany.

    “The negotiations are in a delicate stage with the companies – Rheinmetall and BAE, who are both in contention to win the contract – but I am confident that we have put forward the strongest case forward,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Queenslanders get the best results when we work together. Just as all Queenslanders will be cheering on the Maroons to win the State of Origin, I will be asking Queenslanders to back us on the Defence contract.”

    “I welcome bi-partisan support for our efforts, because I do not want a repeat of the Pacific patrol boat contracts.”

    In April last year, the Turnbull Government gave a $594 million construction contract for 21 steel-hulled Pacific Ocean patrol boats to Western Australia over a Cairns-based consortium.

    “Instead of selecting a business to build the patrol boats on the Pacific Ocean, the Turnbull Government picked a builder on the Indian Ocean,” she said.

    Dr Lynham said the Government has worked tirelessly to ensure Queensland was best placed to bid for the contract.

    “We have been working hard to confirm Queensland Australia’s front line for defence industries – for this contract and for other defence work,” Dr Lynham said. 

    “We are already home to the largest concentration of Australian Army personnel and assets.”

    “We have unmatched heavy vehicle manufacturing capability and many of the world’s leading defence technology firms are already here.

    “We have been working with both Rheinmetall and BAE to secure Queensland as the location to build and maintain vehicles.”

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 260 793