The Senate Economics Committee’s inquiry into the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry will hold a public hearing in Adelaide today, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, 65 Hindley Street, from 10am.
The inquiry with hear evidence from:
- The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.
- Saab Australia
- The Australian Industry Group
- Defence SA
- The Submarine Institute of Australia
- The Victorian Government
- The Defence Teaming Centre
This will be the second 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 Government must commit to manufacturing ships in Australia with clear commitments to local jobs and materials, providing certainty to Australian industry.
The hearing will give local firms, expert witnesses and workers an opportunity to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing and Australian shipbuilding.