Don’t be distracted by the high-vis, remember to follow the money

The government has emphasised its strong support for the Australian defence industry as playing a key role in its “plan for jobs and growth” that, along with changes to the tax system and an effort to reduce long-term debt, represent what Treasurer Scott Morrison sought to present as “an economic plan...not just another budget” ahead of the federal election on July 2. An … [Read more...]

Industry stands ready as Turnbull navigates transition from White Paper talk to action

The launch of the Defence White Paper saw Malcolm Turnbull presenting a plan to spend about $195 billion on military capability, with the Prime Minister keen to highlight the expected spillover benefits for the wider economy of investing in Australian industry. The federal government ‘hit the reset button’ on the relationship between industry and Defence with the release of … [Read more...]

Industry stands ready as Turnbull navigates transition from White Paper talk to action

The launch of the Defence White Paper saw Malcolm Turnbull presenting a plan to spend about $195 billion on military capability, with the Prime Minister keen to highlight the expected spillover benefits for the wider economy of investing in Australian industry. The federal government ‘hit the reset button’ on the relationship between industry and Defence with the release of … [Read more...]

Race to the polls complicating naval shipbuilding decisions

The sudden shift in national political events towards a likely July 2 double dissolution federal election has complicated the hitherto orderly roll-out of decisions relating to new naval shipbuilding projects, as well as final publication of the government’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Plan (NSEP). It has further complicated the Coalition’s determination of what is to be … [Read more...]

Shortfin Barracuda selection a pragmatic decision

COMMENT: Today’s announcement of the selection of the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design as the basis for the design of Australia’s Future Submarine fleet is perhaps the most pragmatic of the three options assessed under the SEA 1000 Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP). The 4,500 tonne Shortfin Barracuda design represents the embodiment of all of France’s knowledge … [Read more...]