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LINDA REYNOLDS: …the future submarine program. It’s a step change for defence industry here in Australia, it’s a step change for manufacturing in Australia, and it is a step change for jobs here in Australia.
The major strategic review of Defence that our Government unveiled in July was always going to mean that – in terms of headline-grabbing announcements at least – Defence was not going to be front and centre on Federal Budget day.
KATIE WOOLF: Now earlier this week the Federal Government announced a $270 billion investment for Australia's defence. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, saying the country needs to prepare for a more dangerous post-COVID-19 world and an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region.
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Thank you very much. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to Fleet Base West. I also acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the traditional owners of the land on which this extremely joyous occasion will be occurring today.