Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:19): I rise to support this motion by the member for Morphett.
The Hon. B.I. Boyer: I'm looking forward to it.
Mr PEDERICK: You can have a go if you like.
The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Brown): Order! The member will be heard in silence.
Mr PEDERICK: Thank you for your protection, sir. The motion is:
That this house—
(a) recognises that during its four year term the Marshall Liberal government completely transformed the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site into a hub of technology, innovation and culture;
(b) recognises that Lot Fourteen is creating thousands of jobs and showcasing South Australia to the world;
(c) recognises that Lot Fourteen is host to Australia’s national Space Agency, cementing South Australia as the national centre of Australia’s space industry;
(d) recognises that Lot Fourteen will showcase our rich and diverse Aboriginal culture to the world and attract more visitors to South Australia with establishment of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre; and
(e) acknowledges the Marshall Liberal government for establishing a vibrant, world-class innovation, startup growth precinct at Lot Fourteen.
I, too, am agog that those on the other side would attempt to rewrite history and suggest that we enacted on a so-called Labor innovation under former Premier Weatherill to create an innovation and culture hub. What a pack of hogwash! That is probably as impolite as I can be.
Mr Teague: It's a technical term.
Mr PEDERICK: A technical term; that is a technical term. Seriously—people try to rewrite history, and this is what has happened here today, and it is completely outrageous. As the member for Schubert and others have rightfully said from this side, the best thing that the former Weatherill government could come up with was a block of flats. Seriously? It was going to be housing on some of the most prime land in South Australia.
We have arguments about what goes on parkland, and here we have a thriving innovation centre opportunity, which is the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, and the best the other side, the former Labor government, could come up with is a block of flats. I look at some of that innovation that people are doing over there, and I think of the work of Myriota and others, with miniature satellites that can assist farming and agriculture and the work that they can do so that you can remotely look at water sources, whether they be tanks or troughs or bores or dams, especially for those people on vast properties who do not have the time to travel across thousands and thousands of square kilometres in some of those places.
I look at the opportunity for space that we have here in South Australia as we have seen over many years with what has happened up at Woomera. I had not been there before and I dropped in a few years ago and it is amazing the history of what we have done out of Woomera. I look at what we have been doing in more recent times with Southern Launch systems and looking at the launch site at Koonibba Aboriginal community not that far from Ceduna on the West Coast and the work that happens there where the launch operators come in. They have a lot of material in containers, they have a launch, everything gets packed up and they take everything away. It virtually leaves the land unscathed.
I look at the work that is happening at Whaler's Way with potential to launch there. Space is the frontier that we have been looking at so many times and it offers so much opportunity and innovation. Our former government did recognise the opportunity to create this hub of technology, innovation and culture to create these thousands of jobs and showcase this state to the world. This whole project is a $2.2 billion world-class innovation district on North Terrace and it is a curated collaborative research and business ecosystem dedicated to driving productivity and solving complex global challenges on the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Many companies have been attracted to this site and attracted to South Australia, which is a fantastic place to live. I am not a city boy, but if I had to live in a city I would pick Adelaide. So many people have come here from either interstate or across the world either to set up their startups or to take their businesses further into the future. It is a major economic opportunity for our state. It is one of the most exciting urban renewal projects in Australia and the centrepiece of the 10-year Adelaide City Deal to provide a springboard for innovation and bring together the state's leading abilities in space, defence, high-tech and creative industries.
Back on 12 December 2018, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, alongside the former Premier, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, announced that the Australian Space Agency was to be based in Adelaide at Lot Fourteen. This created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that positioned South Australia as a key player in the nation's space industry. The decision to make South Australia the home of the Australian Space Agency could be largely attributed to our vibrant and entrepreneurial space ecosystem.
Lot Fourteen is also home to the headquarters of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, as well as the Mission Control Facility and the Space Discovery Centre. The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre is one of the most significant space research collaborations ever forged in Australia. This research powerhouse brings together around 85 international and national partners. The Mission Control Centre is a focal point for space missions in Australia and accelerates growth of the space sector.
The centre provides the facilities for space startups, companies and researchers to control small satellite missions, enabling real-time control and testing and the accelerated development of Australian satellite technology. The Space Discovery Centre provides real leaps ahead in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or, as we know it, STEM. It is about education, engagement and inspirations for young Australians.
As an integral part of South Australia's growing innovation network, Lot Fourteen is leveraging the power of collaboration to drive innovation and the organisation and commercialisation of cutting-edge research into global markets, supporting world-class research and development excellence in the space, defence, high-tech and creative industries. The Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre is setting the global pace for multidisciplinary innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, which is specifically designed to suit the secure environment for defence, space and high-tech businesses and education and research institutions.
The flagship building will be a 16-level, 35,000 square metre building, which will be central to this area and home to a flexible campus-style innovation hub and ground floor collaborative event and food and beverage retail spaces. This is where the rubber hits the road. Already this year—2022—Lot Fourteen is home to a skilled workforce of more than 1,400 people from over 140 businesses attracting some of the world's most innovative organisations, including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, the Commonwealth Bank and MITRE Corporation. They work alongside highly respected organisations, including the Australian Space Agency, MIT, the University of Adelaide's Australian Institute for Machine Learning, Stone & Chalk and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.
Let us never forget who was responsible for Lot Fourteen: it was Steven Marshall and the former Liberal government.