Thursday, 13 February 2020
Questions without Notice
Good question. Thank you, I'll take that interjection: in Australia by Australians and using Australian steel. We are also investing $535 million at Osborne in South Australia to ensure that we can build the submarines right here in Australia. Sovereign control over the attack class submarines and also maximising—
I'll ask the minister to just pause for a second. I'm allowing her a preamble, which she's had now for 30 seconds. Again, this is a very specific question asking for a specific figure, but the minister needs to be relevant. As I said, she's quite entitled under the standing orders to take the question on notice.
What we do know in terms of the contracts—sovereign control is, of course, critically important to Australia, as is maximising Australian industry involvement. We are currently in the design phase for these submarines, and I'm advised, to date, that there are over 130 Australian companies and organisations that are subcontracted. The actual proportion of Australian content on the submarines will be determined as the design of the submarines is completed. Australian small companies are vital to the construction of our submarines. And I'm committed—the Prime Minister's committed; we are all committed here—to building 12 submarines in this country using Australian industry content. We have faith in our Australian industry. We are backing Australian industry. We are building 12 submarines in our country, because we are going to create more shipbuilding jobs.
Opposition members interjecting—