In his first major meeting as Defence Industry Minister, Pyne discussed the Future Submarine program with Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, emphasising the federal government’s commitment to working with DCNS.
Defence and DCNS intend to hold industry events in November to engage with Australian manufacturers, after the French naval shipbuilding company was selected as the preferred international partner for the design of the submarine.
— Christopher Pyne (@cpyne) July 20, 2016
Meanwhile, the former Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science has also met with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Defence Force, as well as senior Defence leaders and staff, during a visit to the Russell Offices.
— Christopher Pyne (@cpyne) July 21, 2016
In a statement regarding his appointment to the new role of Minister for Defence Industry, Pyne said the defence industry has the capacity to be an economic and innovation driver.
“It is no secret that I am a strong supporter of Australia’s defence industry and have worked hard to ensure our procurement dollars are spent here in Australia,” he said.
“Australia is entering the single biggest period of defence construction in its history. The Defence White Paper contained $195 billion of new investment in our defence capabilities over the next ten years. I will manage this massive program as the Minister for Defence Industry.”
Pyne will be responsible for overseeing the defence industry plan that came out of the White Paper, including the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.
“We have in Christopher Pyne someone whose energy is perhaps legendary, and he will need all of that to ensure that these projects are being delivered,” the PM said.