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12.15pm Bioscience industry acceleration

Labor will soon announce new funds to expand the BioSA “business accelerator”.

Science minister Grace Portolesi will this afternoon commit $200,000 to develop a business plan and cost benefit analysis for the project, which aims to grow the bioscience industry.

“This would be with a view to entering into a partnership with the private sector,” she said.

“The Stage 2 business accelerator would provide additional laboratory, manufacturing and office space for emerging bioscience companies through the successful BioSA model.”

She said the first BioSA business incubator was opened in 2008 with an investment of close to $13 million from the Labor Government.

11.05am Labor’s mental health promise

It’s been a quiet morning so far, but Labor has just announced a promise to increase support for suicide prevention and establish a new, independent Mental Health Commission.

Health minister Jack Snelling said Labor – after giving a one-off commitment of $57,750 to Lifeline for 2013-14 – had decided to provide $800,000 to the organisation to fund training of 70 new volunteers.

The proposed commission would “help drive the state’s mental health plan through to 2020”.

The commission would receive funding of $9 million over the next four years and would be asked to develop options to establish “an individualised consumer funding model”.

 

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