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Mission for Bligh: revive roo exports

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Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has embarked on a trade mission that will see her spruik education to India, open a trade office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and convince Russia to lift import bans on kangaroo meat. Bligh's first stop is Queensland's fourth largest trading partner, India, where the Premier will put forward Queensland's credentials as a place for educating Indian students, as well as advance the Gold Coast's bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games: "I will be meeting with representatives of the Commonwealth Games Association who are gathered in Delhi this week for their annual general meeting." She will then visit Abu Dhabi in the UAE to open a new trade office, which will initially promote Queensland tourism, education and training, construction and infrastructure and food and agribusiness. The Premier's Russian leg will also focus on food, where she hopes to convince authorities that "Queensland's capacity for exporting a reliable supply of safe, high quality meat is second to none," she said. "This is the message that I'll be driving home, particularly in relation to Russia's recent ban on the important of our kangaroo meat." Bligh will return from her trade mission on October 19.

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