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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    NZ Trade Minister, bypass Canberra for Buy Queensland briefing: Premier

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, August 08, 2017

    NZ Trade Minister, bypass Canberra for Buy Queensland briefing: Premier

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urges New Zealand Trade Minister to visit Brisbane to receive a briefing on her Government’s new procurement policy, Buy Queensland.

    The Premier said New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay should stop muscling up and threatening trade retaliation, and instead come north and get a full briefing on our detailed policy.

    “Media reports in New Zealand that ‘Queensland plans to tear up a 20-year-old procurement agreement between New Zealand and Australian states’ are plain wrong,” the Premier said.

    “According to the same media reports, Mr McClay plans to meet with Federal Trade Minister Steven Ciobo in Canberra tomorrow.

    “That will be a waste of time because Mr Ciobo’s department cancelled a briefing on our policy with Queensland Government officials on Monday. DFAT does not have the benefit of a briefing and are in ignorance of our policy.

    “Mr Ciobo also stood next to me at an event recently as a Federal Government representative and never uttered a word to me or raised any concern about our policy.

    “It should be clearly understood that our new policy does not exclude New Zealand companies from bidding for Queensland Government contracts, but it does give preference – where possible – to Queensland businesses and jobs. I make no apology for that."

    Latest data shows Queensland exports have increased by 48% under the Palaszczuk Government to a record AUD$65.9 billion over the last 12 months.

    Link to New Zealand Herald story http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11900217

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791