MATT KEOGH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WA RESOURCES
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR BURT
The Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) has made no secret of its concerns with the defence industry procurement process, as a number of home grown businesses continue to lose out on contracts in favour of foreign entities under this Liberal Government.
The group of hundreds of small to medium businesses which are represented by AIDN have now been forced to public demanding the Morrison Government urgently review its industry capability plan to ensure local companies can compete on merit for defence work.
It is clear their ongoing discussions are falling on deaf ears.
AIDN have been forced to go public with their frustrations about the Federal Governments Defence Industry procurement program, and it is no wonder after yet another supply contract for offshore patrol vessels was awarded to a foreign company.
AIDN is obviously dissatisfied with the Morrison Governments lack of real action to date.
The Liberal Governments haphazard management of naval shipbuilding and defence industry is causing job losses and job uncertainty across the country.
Labor is prepared to work with the Morrison Government and industry to get this right.
If the Government was serious about growing and sustaining Australian shipbuilding jobs, it would invest in our workers, their skills and their long term employment, not contract to contract recruitment.