SUBS MUST LEAD TO LOCAL JOBS

Another Liberal backflip will see fewer jobs from Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine Program going to Australian workers.

The Liberals’ promise that 90 per cent of the submarine build will happen in Australia has been contradicted at a Senate hearing this week.

Despite repeated requests to re-commit to the Turnbull Government’s promise of a 90 percent Australian build, the interim CEO of the Turnbull Government’s chosen submarine contractor, DCNS, said:

“I don’t want to give this committee a figure.”

BRENT CLARK – SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING – 21 JUNE 2017

Despite having an option that would see the workforce at Australia’s submarine builder, ASC, increase to 1,700 people, when asked about ASC’s role, Mr Clark said:

“Very little at this stage.”

BRENT CLARK – SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING – 21 JUNE 2017

Christopher Pyne told South Australians that he would deliver. All he has done is exclude Australia’s own submarine builder from the biggest procurement in Australia’s history, and given uncertainty to the ASC workforce.

The Turnbull Government has failed the Australian people on defence industry jobs. While Australia shed more than 2,300 shipbuilding jobs, the Turnbull Government sent the Navy’s supply ships to be built overseas, and still hasn’t picked a preferred builder for our Offshore Patrol Vessels.

The Turnbull Government must clarify what level of Australian content will be applied to this project, and give Australian industry and the ASC workforce some certainty.  

 


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