House debates

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Questions without Notice

Defence Procurement

2:45 pm

Photo of Pat ConroyPat Conroy (Shortland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Defence Industry) Share this | Hansard source

As I was saying, unlike the opposition, we don't govern by media releases. We are bringing forward capabilities to deal with our strategic circumstances. We brought forward the Army's new infantry fighting vehicles, so much so that the last one will come off the production line before the first one would have started under those opposite. We're also urgently fixing the defence procurement mess left by the Leader of the Opposition when he was the Minister for Defence. We're fixing things such as the battlefield airlift aircraft that can't fly into battlefields. We're repairing the patrol boats, on which the opposition leader allowed the use of imported rusty aluminium—imagine that, defence ministers allowing rusty aluminium to be imported! We're also now fixing a significant issue with our navy supply vessels. These are the massive supply ships—

Opposition members interjecting


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