LETTER: Policies must adapt to changing state

GOVERNMENTS from across the globe have recognised that the world is changing in a way we haven't seen since the Industrial Revolution.

The Palaszczuk Government understands that if we don't act now to apply innovation across the economy, ensuring Queenslanders are improving traditional industries and creating new industries, there is a huge risk of being left behind the rest of the world.

Our $405 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland innovation agenda is the right policy for this time of great change in our state - something even former LNP Premier Campbell Newman has acknowledged.

Contrary to claims by the LNP - Advance Queensland is not about backpackers "sitting on a beach"- it's about supporting Queenslanders to remain globally competitive.

Through thirty different programs, Advance Queensland is backing innovators across a range of sectors including in agriculture, business, medical research and environmental science.

For instance, farmers are natural innovators and Advance Queensland programs are supporting projects that will address key issues facing the industry and help improve its competitiveness.

Projects currently under way include reducing the carbon footprint of the beef industry; improving livestock productivity through a new generation of antibiotic-free feed, and helping the industry breed for tick resistance.

While the LNP are busy misrepresenting our investment in important Queensland industries, they are yet to release their own innovation policy.


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