New Zealand Urged To Preference Queensland Over Canberra

New Zealand Urged To Preference Queensland Over Canberra

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

New Zealand Trade Minister Urged To Bypass Canberra For Buy Queensland Briefing

Victor P Taffa

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

Premier Palaszczuk 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.” Premier Palaszczuk 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.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“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.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

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.

(DFAT) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade