Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Opening Remarks at the Official Launch of Sense-T Alpha Trial

Interview

BPC058/2014

10 July 2014

Thank you, Amanda. Look, thank you all, really, for having Eric and I out today for the launch at Houston Farms. Thanks so much for allowing us to stomp all over your lettuce patch.

It's great technology and it really is part of, I think, what we're trying to do down in Tasmania, obviously, with the new government with Will Hodgman and Eric being elected at the last election, we're very focused on creating a sustainable economy, growing the economy in Tasmania faster than what it obviously has been, and clearly agriculture's a big part of the future of Tasmania and the opportunities that the state has.

And so this, I think, is exactly what the sorts of projects where the Australian Government can help influence the future, not by picking winners, as such, but by creating technologies or assisting smart people, like Amanda and her team, to create those technologies so we've got a better outcome for productivity, for growth and for jobs, ultimately, and a better economic future for Tasmania.

So look, it's a real privilege to be here, to launch this today and it's great to see it in operation and it will be terrific to go on a tour and have a look.

So, thanks so much.