Monday, 22 February 2021
Future Submarines; Order for the Production of Documents
At the request of Senator Wong, I move:
(a) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday 24 February 2021, documents (including text messages or any other messages or communications transmitted via electronic or like facilities) held by the Minister or the Minister's office relating to messages between the Minister for Defence and the French Minister of the Armed Forces regarding Naval Group's Australian Industry Capability commitment for the Future Submarines; and
(b) documents to be produced under paragraph (a) include any documents that "explicitly stated and included agreement to a commitment on the part of Naval Group 'to a level of Australian industry capability that will have the effect of at least 60 per cent of the Naval Group contract value spent in Australia'" as referred to in the answer to question on notice no. 51 from the 4 March 2020 additional estimates hearings for the Department of Defence through the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.