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European Australian Business : 2008
Area: 1,730,648km2 Population: 4.18m Capital: Brisbane Gross State Product: A$195.7bn The Hon Anna Bligh MP Premier Queensland 45 In that same year, the EU was Queen- sland’s second largest merchandise export market, purchasing goods worth $5.27 billion, a figure exceeded only by the $9.8 billion of sales to Japan. My government has an open-door policy that encourages and supports business. We’ve invested heavily in industry strategies, support plans and services for long-term economic development. In Queensland we have almost two unbroken decades of balanced budgets and for all of that time our international credit rating has been an unchallenged Triple A. The Smart State strategy has boosted education and training in Queensland and fostered the growth of our knowl- edge-intensive industries. We have a vibrant aviation industry, which was practically non-existent a decade ago, and a strong, export- oriented marine industry. We’re world leaders in the provision of services and technology to the mining industry – there’s scarcely a signifi- cant mineral province in the world that lacks the presence of at least one Queensland-based mining services company. Our proximity to the world’s fastest growing markets, those of Asia, is an important consideration for any company contemplating setting up operations in Australia. Our amicable relations with the great emerging powers of Asia, and our long-standing close relationship with Japan, are other sound arguments for basing operations in Queensland. We have a highly-skilled workforce, abundant energy and a great climate and lifestyle. If you’re looking to invest or expand in this part of the world, look no further than Queensland. The Hon Anna Bligh MP Premier of Queensland Heart Reef, Whitsundays queensland