The Senate Economics Committee’s inquiry into the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry will hold a public hearing in Perth tomorrow, at the Mercure Hotel, 10 Irwin Street, from 8:45am.
The inquiry with hear evidence from:
- WA’s Minister for Defence Issues, the Hon. Paul Papalia.
- The shipbuilders Austal and Forgacs.
- The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.
- The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
- The Australian Business Defence Industry organisation.
- The WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry
This will be the first hearing since the Government tabled its responses to the inquiry’s interim reports in the Senate last week.
The Government’s responses referred to maximising Australian involvement in new naval shipbuilding projects, but did not repeat the strong commitments Malcolm Turnbull gave during the election campaign.
Evidence received by the committee has also cast doubt on the Government’s resolve to use Australian materials and Australian expertise in the projects, and to preserve Australian shipbuilding jobs.
The hearing will give local firms, expert witnesses and workers an opportunity to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing and Australian shipbuilding.