THREE MINISTERS IN SA FOR NO MORE THAN A PHOTO OP

By Matt Keogh MP

16 October 2020

RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO

MATT KEOGH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WA RESOURCES
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR BURT 

Today three Morrison Ministers will convene in South Australia for a photo opportunity to announce that Australian companies can apply for nothing more than an expression of interest for but one per cent of the $90 billion Future Submarines.

Today’s announcement isn’t even a consolation prize, it’s a slap in the face for companies which would have rightly assumed they should have been in the mix in the first place.

Instead of reaching for the confetti, Linda Reynolds, Melissa Price and Simon Birmingham must explain why Australian companies weren’t included initially. 

The Future Submarines are a $90 billion program and this government never mandated a minimum Australian Industry Content requirement.

The Morrison Government’s gross incompetence of our Future Submarines have seen costs blown out, promises about Australian content in tatters, and the first one won’t be operational until the mid-2030s, a decade later than originally promised.

We need an explanation not a photo opportunity.