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Protectionism torpedoes Australian submarines mission

2021-02-25 00:56:56

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This authorities is liable for the most important nationwide safety bungle in many years with its mishandling of the Naval Group submarines contract. And Linda Reynolds is not the suitable particular person to repair it.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds (Picture: AAP/David Mariuz)

It was February 2015 when prime minister Tony Abbott confronted the primary take a look at of his social gathering numbers, triumphing over an empty chair 61-39. His disastrous prime ministership would limp on one other seven months in growing chaos and ever-growing numbers of flags earlier than Malcolm Turnbull introduced the farce to a detailed.

However Abbott’s weak point continues to resonate by politics six years later within the type of the most important nationwide safety debacle because the Iraq conflict: the failure of the federal government’s submarine contract with Naval Group.

Abbott needed the brand new subs inbuilt Japan and dedicated to then Japanese PM Shinzo Abe that his nation would get the contract. However along with his management on the road and determined for each vote, Abbott caved in to protectionist South Australian Liberals and agreed to a aggressive tender course of that will “give Australian suppliers a good go”.

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