Minister for Defence - Creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

Minister for Defence

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8 December 2014

The Abbott Government is committed to investing in a safe and secure Australia.

As part of this commitment – and building towards the release of the Defence White Paper – the Government today announces a three point plan that will create a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry that supports shipbuilding jobs.

Firstly, the Government will work with industry to fix the Air Warfare Destroyer program.

Secondly, the Government will create a sovereign submarine industry and avoid a submarine capability gap.

Thirdly, the Government will create a naval shipbuilding industry around a fleet of future frigates - provided industry productivity continues to improve.  

This plan recognises the significant value to our nation of a skilled naval shipbuilding workforce.

Conscious of the financial disaster left to us by the former government, we will continue to ensure that our Navy is served with the best capability at the best price.

Announcements about specific programs will be made in due course.

Media contact:

Brad Rowswell (Minister Johnston’s Office) 0417 917 796

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