Labor leader Mark McGowan distanced himself yesterday from the Federal Government's jobs package despite spruiking a plan to boost investment through a marine industry-based technology park.

A day after Premier Colin Barnett said he would develop a "science culture" in the WA economy, Mr McGowan said that under Labor, the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson would be expanded into a technology park.

In a "red tape-busting" move, he would also change the law to make one State body responsible for approvals for the complex instead of four.

It would transform the AMC and surrounding area into one of the nation's biggest industry technology parks, he said.

The plan would create thousands of jobs and showed that a government did not have to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to do so.

Despite synergies between his announcement and the Gillard Government plan, he said he was "not aware of the detail".

The Federal plan aims to give local companies early notice of contract opportunities on major projects and force companies with projects worth $2 billion or more to have an Australian industry opportunity officer in the workplace.

"We run our own show, we run our own policies," Mr McGowan said. "But anything that ensures there are more manufacturing jobs in Australia I support."

Commerce Minister Simon O'Brien said the announcement lacked detail and was trying to "recreate history".

The West Australian

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